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NEW YORK-Introductions from the myriad divisions of Waterford Wedgwood USA run the gamut at the fall Tabletop Show.

Four new formal patterns from Wedgwood are Marcasite, a platinum pattern with matte and shiny platinum mixed on the band; Celestial Platinum, with a thin vine-like cream scroll and a platinum design; Meadow Field, a floral pattern with delicate flowers and berries in watercolor shades of blue and red across a border of pale green, accented with gold and a rich blue border; and Sherwood, with a forest green band of color combined with classic gold scroll accents. Prices range from $165 to $215 for a five-piece place setting.

Wedgwood is introducing two porcelain dinnerware collections, English Cottage and Tuscany, with more than 25 mix-and-match pieces. Both have scalloped-edge plate rims. English Garden has a pure white porcelain body, decorated with rims in green, cream, peppermint, stripes of two shades of soft pink or detailed clusters of rose buds. On all four varieties, the English Rose is the center plate motif. Tuscany is also on a white body and is offered in three designs: a band of deep blue, a circle of blue-green olives and branches on a yellow background and white geometric shapes on a blue background. Both collections will be offered in open stock, with a dinner plate retailing for $25.

The company will expand Sarah's Garden to include Sarah's Garden Snowdrop, with a new soft blue colorway and an adaptation of the original design. New motifs include a delicate snowdrop flower and pastel butterflies. Also new from Wedgwood will be a new oversized textured earthenware collection by fashion designer Paul Costelloe. The line consists of 23 pieces ranging from tabletop to home accents in limestone, cream and gray, with subtle motifs of leaves and a tailored crosshatch. Prices will range from $10 to $110.

New pieces are being added to Wedgwood's Sterling, Contrasts, Madeleine and Wild Strawberry patterns as well. Waterford Crystal is unveiling two classically stemmed patterns: Laurel, oversized with a tulip shape, vertical wedge cuts, a band of laurel leaves and elongated stem; and Westhampton, with long vertical wedge cuts that convey the fluidity of beach grass. Both patterns will be offered in a goblet, wine, flute and iced beverage. The Lucerne and Wynnewood patterns are also being expanded.

A new five-year toasting flute series from Waterford is being unveiled. The Celebration collection begins with Love and will continue in subsequent years with Joy, Dreams, Friendship and Success. The company is also showing new Millennium pieces in an ice bucket, a vase, a decanter, a bowl and toasting goblets. An anniversary group is being added to the Gift of Expressions line as well.

Waterford is also premiering a group of collectibles and annuals. These include the 12th Annual Egg, the 7th Annual Mother's Day Vase in springtime pastels and the advent of an elephant and a giraffe to the Animals of the World series. An Irish Harp, Shamrock and Medieval Cross are being added as well. Miniature works inspired by archival pieces will be unveiled in Waterford's new Heritage Collection.

Waterford is also showing four new bone chine patterns: Malay, with a textured blue and platinum design with enamel beading; Colleen, with a platinum band with a black inner band; Kilbarry, double-banded in platinum at the edge and the verge; and Celtic Scroll Gold, with a tan and blue banded pattern and a gold edge and verge bands. Accent plates are being added to the Lismore and Carina patterns.

Marquis by Waterford's new stemware patterns include Arabesque, a frosted band surrounded by glass, and Brookside, a traditional cut-crystal look. The division is expanding its Vintage Collection barware series with 11 new items, including a margarita glass and martini pitcher. Marquis by Waterford is also launching new vanity items, giftware pieces, Peanuts accessories and home decor items.
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Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Date:Oct 30, 2000

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