Description

This is a beautiful set of Empire Style dinner plates from Mottahedeh. The Pattern is S.4751 which is no longer in production. The plate is decorated gold laurels on the borders, and repeating florals impressions from the edges to the center of the plate. This set is no longer in production so you will not see any other one out there, if any perhaps a few.

History on the Company.

Mottahedeh is a company in New York City that makes tableware and decorative accessories. The company has made porcelain for the President of the United States, the U.S. State Department and the Diplomatic Corps.  The company, over 85 years old, was purchased from the Mottahedeh estate in 1992 by Wendy and Grant. Mottahedeh is the recognized leader in antique reproductions and adaptations in luxury ceramics, primarily hard porcelain, and metals. It specializes in Chinese Export porcelain and early European porcelain. It holds licenses with Metropolitan Museum of Art, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Historic Charleston Foundation, Mount Vernon Ladies Association, and National Geographic Society.

The qualities that distinguish Mottahedeh porcelains are a large selection of complex shapes produced in small quantities, clarity of body both in bright white and historic gray body, and delicate, bold, and complex colors. The industry average for colors is 4 to 8. Mottahedeh starts with 4 and may use as many as 27, with the average number of colors on an item being 16. The original inspirations were made for kings and nobility in a non-industrial age. Mottahedeh products are primarily manufactured in Europe, with the largest production in Portugal. Mottahedeh hard porcelain items are durable and can be placed in the dishwasher and oven.

However delicate pieces should always be handled with great care, keeping in mind that intricate details are mostly hand painted, therefore handwashing may be ideal for such pieces.