We’ll kick things off with the beautiful Mottahedeh & Company antique reproduction tableware & decorative accessories in porcelain, faience, silver plate, brass & crystal. Shopping at Mottahedeh for our summer sales event was both a delight and educational.
Mottahedeh has been in business for 75 years and holds licenses to make reproductions and adaptations from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Colonial Williamsburg, Winterthur, Monticello, Historic Charleston, Historic Natchez, and the National Trust. They have made china for the President, the State Department and for the Diplomatic Corps.
The patterns of these time honored decorative accessories and tableware are primarily based on Chinese Export for the West, Early European and Chinese designs. It is in their very unusual and elegant shapes, clear, beautiful materials and complex and vibrant colors that make Mottahedeh products so very special. Every piece has a story.
We spent time with Wendy Kvalheim, Mottahedeh’s design director and CEO since 1992, to better understand the stories behind some of the pieces we selected for our clever shoppers. Having studied under and traveled for many years with Mildred Mottahedeh, the founder of the company, Wendy is a treasure trove of information and history of the great products this company creates.
Mottahedeh has had a long-lasting relationship with a factory in Portugal, Vista Alegre, which makes hundreds of Mottahedeh shapes. The company primarily imports from Europe where the history of craftsmanship is a considerable heritage and work remains at a high level of quality. Altogether, Mottahedeh imports from Portugal, England, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Japan and India. Freelance painters work on original artwork that is used for decoration 12 months of the year. Their nationalities are Belgian, English, Korean and American.
This shopping spree was particularly special in that Mottahedeh opened their vaults and brought out designs from decades past. It is always fascinating to see one-of-a-kind treasures and even better to have the opportunity to call them your own. Some of the pieces we selected from the vault are now the last of its design in existence. We hope you find such delight in the pieces we have chosen for the Canny Rooster. Visit www.mottahedeh.com to see why we felt these were Canny-Rooster-Worthy treasures!!