Sacred Bird and Butterfly is true to the original antique. The original Chinese export sets the dining room of the famed Nathaniel Russell House. The Chinese word for butterfly, “tieh”, is a pun which expresses the wish that the owner might live to a ripe old age. With just a suggestion of applied gold highlighting the beautiful earthy orange designs of birds, butterflies, and foliage, this pattern gracefully bows to the past, but also looks to the future in its modern monochrome color scheme. These plates are truly versatile. Use them for appetizers before dinner or on their own for wine gatherings or cocktails- they are perfect for small bites. Of course, they also serve as bread plates for a more formal table setting.
These new, hard porcelain versatile plates are a classic and have stood the test of time. Be the originator of what surely will become an heirloom. These plates are 6.75 inches in diameter and sold open stock. They mix beautifully with Mottahedeh’s other patterns, Blue Canton, and Famille Vert dinner and dessert plates also available.
Having been in business for 75 years, Mottahedeh 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.
Mottahedeh makes the classics; time honored decorative accessories and tableware. Primarily the patterns are based on Chinese Export for the West, Early European and Chinese designs. What makes their products special are the unusual, elegant shapes, very clear beautiful materials, complex and vibrant colors with hand-painting mostly in gold, and that everything has a story.