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Selection of  earthenware, china, pottery and crystal tableware for your home ….

Aalto Glassware

Aalto Glassware

Tableware UK

Crystal and glass tableware, specializing in Waterford and Royal Doulton. Includes product search by manufacturer or pattern.



Offers selection of handmade white earthenware tableware gifts. Details of outlets, guide to studio workshop process and mailing list.



Past and Present

Features a wide array of discontinued china, crystal, sterling, stainless, silverplate, pewter and dirilyte tableware. Also offers to repair, appraise, identify, or purchase items.


The Studio

Offers tableware such as dinnerware, cutlery, glassware, table linen, and kitchenware from New Zealand.



Glass tableware and vases, dining and patio furniture, and related accessories. Also offers books about the designers.


Annex Cookery

Features gourmet specialty kitchen tools and cookware, including appliances, cutlery, and tablewares.


Bodum Teapots

Products include coffee makers and teapots, mugs and glasses, kitchen and tableware, and spare parts.


Villeroy & Boch

Founded in 1748, Villeroy & Boch is recognised for its Tiles, bathroom and kitchen apparel, synthetics and tableware. Subscribe online for its magazine.


William Yeoward Crystal

Beautiful crystal designs including tableware and decorative pieces inspired by collections of the 18th and 19th Centuries.


Theo Fennell

Theo Fennell Plc design, manufacture and retail precious, and semi precious jewellery as well as a large range of silver and tableware.


 2:23 pm  Tableware
Dec 122007
Tipperary crystal and cut glass was launched by master craftsmen Joe Foley and John Meagher in 1988.
As artisan craftsmen, they rapidly established a team that was uncompromising in its commitment to design and product quality in the turning and cutting of glass vases, wine glasses and figurines.
tipperary glass

Examples from the Tipperary crystal cut glass range

Having seen their business grow over the years – and being from Tipperary myself – they warrant a mention in Toffsworld. Their glass is beautiful to look at and well priced.

Most of the designs seem to draw their inspiration from Irish heritage – but that’s no harm. The swoops, swirls and criss cross patterns of Celtic origins lend themselves beautifully to cut glass.

You can buy online with prices starting as little as €25 or £18.

 8:23 am  House & Home
Dec 122007
Waterford Cut Glass Wine Goblet

Waterford Cut Glass Wine Goblet

Waterford Cut Glass is world famous for tableware, wine glasses, bowls and vases.

The Waterford Crystal story first begins in 1783 when George and William Penrose founded their crystal manufacturing business in the busy port of Waterford.

They seized on the opportunity to produce “plain and cut flint glass, useful and ornamental” in their factory.
They employed 50 – 70 people who were led by renowned glassmaker John Hill from Stourbridge in England.  He brought with him experienced glassmakers and is given credit for setting up the Waterford Glass Factory.

The practical use of Waterford Crystal has ensured a loyal and growing following over the years. No visitor to Ireland can leave without some small sample of the glassware and commissions are still undertaken by the factory for individual items such as trpohies or gifts for special occassions.

Learn more about Waterford Crystal

 8:17 am  House & Home
Dec 122007
Baccarat Glass

Baccarat Glass

Baccarat Glass was the brainchild of the Bishop of Metz who wanted to encourage industry in the village of Baccarat in 1765.

The original company made all types of glassware including windows, bottles and tableware.

Known at that time as ‘Verrerie de Sainte Anne’ the company survived the French Revolution but struggled through the Napoleonic Wars (1812-1815).

Just after the Napoleonic wars, the French glassworks found itself outside the new French borders in the newly created country of Belgium. A Parisian named Aime-Gabriel D’Artigues, bought the Baccarat glassworks so that he could re-establish the business in France and continue to serve French customers.

The new company, Voneche-Baccarat, focused on high quality lead-crystal glass.

baccarat horse clock

Baccarat Clock cut from purset glass

Over the next 180 years Baccarat developed many new techniques in making crystal glass. In 1822 the company changed hands again and was set up as ‘Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat’. It soon became and remains today, the foremost glassworks in France.

Baccarat is famous for its wonderful paperweights, its superb crystal glass tableware, for 19th century colored lead crystal glass and “opaline” ware, for beautiful decanters and bottles, and for superb lead crystal sculptures of animals and birds.

The Bohemian/Venician technique of embedding millefiori canes was taken over by Baccarat in the 1840s and their lead crystal glass paperweights with millefiori designs surpass anything produced in that period from Bohemia or Venice.

Baccarat remains a firm favourite among glass collectors today both for its new collections and original items.
You can learn more about Baccarat by clicking here

 7:53 am  House & Home
Dec 122007
Lladro Figurine My Fair Lady

Lladro Figurine My Fair Lady

Lladró Porcelain Figurines was founded by Juan, José and Vicente Lladró. It is now an internationally famous Spanish porcelain company.

Heirs of the ancient tradition of porcelain, the Lladró brothers knew how to make this tradition their own and to bring a type of art that, up to then, had been reserved to a few much closer to people. In 1953, they quit their work at a tiles factory and built a Moorish kiln in the courtyard of their family home.

The business began in Almàssera, a little town on the outskirts of the Spanish city of Valencia.

Over two thousand people now work there, and their creations are exported to more than one hundred countries all around the world and sold in almost 4,000 points of sale.


 7:17 am  House & Home
Dec 122007
Meissen Ceramics Porcelain

Meissen Ceramics Porcelain

Ever since Meissen began manufacturing porcelain figures, quality has been the foremost priority.

It is hard to imagine that the Meissen patterns with their delicate execution could have been achieved in any other way but by hand. Therefore every customer can be certain that each piece is unique.

Differences in details, usually hardly noticeable, elicit the aura of authenticity and uniqueness for the connoisseur, a special aura that has made Meissen famous throughout the world.

An estimated 150.000 ceramic and porcelain articles can be produced by Meissen to order.

Documents and moulds are available for a further 100,000 items. In addition, new products are constantly being designed in the studios.

Artistic teams complete the repertoire of old forms and designs largely forgotten due to changes in taste over the last three centuries.

Meissen porcelain is sold worldwide by 300 authorised retailers.


Meissen trademark being inscribed on a piece

Meissen trademark being inscribed on a piece

 7:06 am  Tableware
Dec 122007
Royal Doulton Figurine

Royal Doulton Figurine

Royal Doulton ceramic tableware is a quintessentially English name in tableware and collectables, with a pedigree dating back to 1815.

It offers the full range of lifestyle choices including dinnerware, giftware, cooking, china and glassware, collectables, jewellery, and much more.

The three key lifestyle brands are: Royal Doulton for the best of British quality, Royal Albert for English romanticism, and Minton for luxury that is classic, contemporary, and cosmopolitan.

Royal Doulton

Royal Doulton began as a partnership in Lambeth, London, in 1815 specialising in stoneware bottles and sewer pipes. The Victorian revolution in hygiene and sanitation proved crucial, providing a base on which to develop a portfolio of tableware and commemoratives. The company moved to Nile Street, Burslem in ‘The Potteries’ in 1882, attaining a Royal Warrant in 1901 to effectively put the royal into Royal Doulton.

There it developed a culture of innovation – married to a quality heritage – which lives today in its tableware and collectables. You can try classic, formal bone china like Biltmore with a distinctive underwater marbled pattern and gold trim. You can try Symmetry with its bold, contemporary ellipse deign stylishly realised in bone china tableware and glassware. And you can sample outstanding craftsmanship in collectables, such as Prestige Figures, including the luxuriant, mythical Princess Badoura piece, as well as, of course, the ever popular Pretty Ladies.

Royal Albert

Indeed, Doulton Home boasts regal connections throughout. Established in Longton in ‘The Potteries’ in 1896, Royal Albert is a brand that takes the English country garden and the rose, the national flower, as its leitmotif – and has taken that inspiration through successive styles, including Victorian chintz, Art Deco…

…It is perhaps best seen in the huge success of Old Country Roses dinnerware. Launched in 1962, and designed by Harold Holdcroft, its deep red roses and gold trim grace many a tabletop. After all, over 100 million pieces have been sold, making it the best selling bone china tableware in the world. It’s a pattern that is stylishly complemented by a host of boxed giftware, stationery, and collectable teas. With the launch of the ‘My Favourite Things’ range of tableware, giftware, and glassware, Royal Albert continues to be passionate about florals, femininity, and fashion.


With a pedigree dating back to no less than 1793, Minton made a name for itself with the award winning success of Majolica as an art form at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Boasting vibrant lead glazes, Majolica became the art form of the period for ornaments and tableware

Minton has never looked back. It opened the London Art Pottery Study next to the Royal Albert Hall in 1871. Its designer John Wadsworth came up with the best selling Haddon Hall tableware, based on a tapestry in Derbyshire. And it relaunched as a brand in 2001, to continue a commitment to what is truly unique.


 6:44 am  Tableware
Dec 122007
Corinth Platinum Dinner Plate

Corinth Platinum Dinner Plate

In the mid 1700s Dr John Wall, an eminent physician and an apothecary, William Davis, began experimenting with materials and processes with the aim of producing porcelain. After their success, they secured funding from 13 other local business men to open a porcelain factory in Worcester.

Royal Worcester Porcelain and Ceramics now makes all types of quality household goods from coffee pots to full dinner services, casserole dishes to bowls and jugs.

You can choose to buy online or purchase their products from any one of hundreds of stockists around the UK and rest of the world.

In addition to an online shop, The Worcester Porcelain Museum houses the world’s largest collection of Worcester Porcelain.

The ceramic collections, archives and records of factory production, form the primary resource for the study of Worcester porcelain and its history.

The collections date back to 1751 and the Victorian gallery is decked with deep colours, extravagant exhibition pieces and works of breathtaking craftsmanship.

Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum

Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum

 6:05 am  Tableware
Dec 102007
Spode hand finished ceramic

Spode hand finished ceramic

Spode ceramics was founded by Josiah Spode in about 1770.

The perfection of underglaze blue printing and the invention of bone china are two of the most important developments made by the Spodes.

After 1833 Copeland & Garrett and then W. T. Copeland continued the style and brilliance of the Spodes using the well-established Spode name along with their own.

Many different types of wares were produced from ordinary household wares to exhibition pieces, which won many awards at the international exhibitions of the Victorian era. Examples of exquisite painted fruit, flowers, landscapes and birds can be seen on showpiece ornaments and dessert services.

The Spode Blue Room, in the Spode museum, displays early blue printed wares and is open by appointment to ceramic researchers.


 6:58 am  House & Home