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NEW YORK-Bernardaud, an upscale tableware supplier, will introduce several new lines at the upcoming New York Fall Tabletop Show here this month, including the company's first line of porcelain jewelry and an elaborate collection of dinnerware evoking the grandeur of Versailles.

Grand Versailles takes its cues from 17th and 18th century French classicism. The service is inspired from the Chateau of Versailles, the royal residence of France under Louis XIV. Bernardaud designers spent two years researching and documenting items in the Chateau of Versailles, as well as consulting ornamental design books in the archives of the Bernardaud museum.

The designers wanted to decorate the different pieces of the service using the entire surface of the object to recreate the perspectives and trompe-l'oeil effects seen at the Chateau of Versailles.

In order to achieve the right looks, the designers used more than 20 colors from silks, embroideries, trims and tapestries that adorn the rooms of the chateau. The designers were especially inspired by the royal apartments of the king and queen, French classicism's decorative arts and "La Colonnade" in the Gardens of Versailles, which is a peristyle of 30, 2-meter circles encompassing a double colonnade of 32 ionic columns constructed of marble.

The service plate in the collection features two separate friezes of laurel leaves and daisy petals on the black tulip rim of the plate. The designs were inspired by the railing at the foot of the queen's bed. The well of the plate features a trompe-l'oeil sky leading into a double colonnade. The center of the plate has a circular motif taken from the gold moldings on the ceiling of the palace.

The dinner plate has a burnt orange rim covered in a check-mark pattern found on the ceiling in the king's room. The inside and outside edges of the rim feature successive Greek cornices and laurel and daisy petal friezes. The center of the plate features the same design as the service plate.

The dessert plate has a black tulip rim which is covered with a series of allegories offering homage to the arts of music, literature, poetry, dance and theatre. Holloware features ornate design elements on a black background. The Grand Versailles collection retails for $350 for a five-piece place setting.

Other Bernardaud introductions include Ischia porcelain goblets designed by Olivier Gagnere, which is available in four colors: black tulip, ruby, gold and taupe. They retail for $75 to $85.

Frivole is a porcelain collection by Herve Van der Straeten which includes a cup and

saucer, a dessert plate, small dish, covered box, tray and vase. The line is designed with neo-Baroque references with accents of plum flames and arabesques of anise green. The line retails from $150 to $425.

Bernardaud is expanding several existing collections, including Sparte dinnerware, which will be available in platinum. The company is adding a gift-box set with a porcelain tumbler and fragrance candle to its Borghese, Poesies, Chateaubriand, Roses, Bois de Rose and Grenadiers patterns. The Louvre collection will have picture frames in three sizes and a clock. There also will be two new Votive Lights, including The Impressionist, featuring three scenes by renowned Impressionist painters, and Mount Saint-Michel. And the company also is expanding its table linens collection with two new colors -- Syracuse blue and plum -- in the Rinceaux line.

The company's new line of jewelry is made exclusively from porcelain, an unusual medium for jewelry. Each piece is handcrafted and one-of-a-kind. The line is designed by Van der Straeten, a French designer known for his jewelry made from various metals, including gilded bronze. Van der Straeten has been working with Bernardaud since 1992 and has produced several collections for the company, including a series of unique vases that combine porcelain with gilded bronze in Bernardaud's Bacchanal and Parures collections.

Bernardaud decided to enter the jewelry arena because it felt there was a void in that marketplace for porcelain jewelry. The collection is decorated in 22-karat gold on porcelain, which is then fired to create a half-matte, half-glossy style, which is a standard look for Bernardaud.

The jewelry collection includes several items in pendants, rings and earrings. In pendants, there is Artemis, which features a round medallion in bisque with a convex surface and inlaid engraving showing a fox and a deer, which are set in gold trim. The back of the pendant is black enameled in ivory.Pendants retail from $95 to $100.

There are five ring styles in the collection. Diane is a convex, oval-shaped surface of bisque with inlaid engraving. It coordinates with the Artemis pendant and is available in two color combinations: gold painted or enameled ivory. Ondine is a solid-color porcelain ring with gold trim in seven colors: ruby, gold, black tulip, coral, cobalt blue, celadon and ivory.

Aurore also is a solid-color ring in six colors -- ruby, black tulip, coral, cobalt blue, celadon and ivory -- which also features gold striped accents. Flore is a double-leaf setting which is trimmed with gold filet in ivory or celadon. And finally, Lea is a two-toned double band in several color combinations: ruby and gold, celadon and gold, ivory and gold or black tulip and gold. The rings retail from $60 to $90.

In the earring collection, Eglantine is designed for pierced ears and features a round drop-shape in a choice of six solid colors, which are then trimmed with gold filet. The earrings are available in ruby, black tulip, coral, cobalt, celadon and ivory. Earrings retail from $95 to $100.
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Title Annotation:table service inspired by Palace of Versailles
Author:Bernard, Sharyn
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 19, 1998

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