Truly, timeless. A dinner service that is both classic and colorful – one that has stood the test of time literally for centuries. Shown left, with our lemon hand-emboidered linens and 19th century Christofle and Williams and Brook flatware, Mottahedeh’s Tobacco Leaf is a fully licensed pattern that Mottahedeh produces from pieces in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This extravagant design was originally made in China, probably for export to the Portuguese and Brazilian markets. Of all the 18th century dinnerware patterns, this was the most highly prized. A small phoenix bird perches on the leaves of the flowering Nicotiana (Tobacco) plant. Twenty-seven colors with 22k gold characterize this pattern which is based on an original which is displayed in the Met. This pattern, one of the longest running patterns by Mottahedeh continues its strong popularity today, showing that good design is timeless. Timeless. I like that. I also liked coming across the editorial in Architectural Digest of Valentino’s Château de Wideville, just outside of Paris. He set an intimate table for four with this pattern.
Found for you is a pristine vintage set of Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf dishware at a fraction of the cost to purchase new, and in the pieces that are most versatile: a generously scaled dinner plate, a small bread or tapas/appetizer plate, and a tea cup and saucer, perfect for a small amuse bouche before dinner – say a cold or hot soup or shrimp cocktail or ceviche or an espresso digestif after. There are 24 place settings available for purchase and are priced individually. Also available is a covered tureen, two Monteith bowls, a shell dish, and master salt.