Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Lenox Ornaments






This is my personal collection that I collected through the years. I have been searching for the best of the old style Lenox Christmas ornaments. These are my collection that I am sharing with you today. I hope it brings some joy to you the way it does to me every day during the Holidays.

History of Lenox 

Since 1889 the vision of Walter Scott Lenox has guided the company he founded to set the highest standards for quality, artistry, and beauty. Today Lenox is among the world's oldest and most respected names in fine tableware and giftware - favored by presidents, displayed in museums, honored with awards, and enjoyed in homes across America. Come explore the story of Lenox as it grows from one man's conviction into the country's foremost maker of china, crystal and metal gifts. 
Walter Scott Lenox was born in 1859 in the 'Staffordshire of America': Trenton, N.J. Laced with transportation lines and located near sources of fuel and clay, the state capital became the country's leading ceramics center in the 19th century, with some 200 potteries. Little wonder young Walter was inspired to devote his life to creating porcelain that rivaled the best in the world.
  



Lenox's Ceramic Art Company, which opened in 1889, was different from all other potteries. It was organized as an art studio, rather than a factory, and offered one-of-a-kind artwares in lustrous ivory china, rather than a full line of ceramics. The exquisitely painted and modeled vases, pitchers, and tea sets, produced at first by just 18 employees, were met with an enthusiastic reception and carried in the most exclusive shops. By 1897 examples of Lenox's work were included in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution. 
Lenox products were widely recognized for excellence in design, in large part due to Frank Graham Holmes, chief designer from 1905 to 1954. He garnered numerous awards, such as the Craftsmanship Medal of the American Institute of Architects (1927) and the silver medal of the American Designers Institute (1943). His work was among the 34 Lenox pieces chosen for display in 1928 by the elite National Museum of Ceramics in Sévres, France - the first and only American porcelain ever extended this honor.



Equally sought after were boxes, vases, bowls, and other giftware produced in both the traditional ivory body and the era's favorite pastels, such as sky blue, primrose yellow, and sea green. Perhaps the most outstanding achievement was by the artist Patricia Eakin, who 'dressed' her delicate figurines in costumes of paper-thin porcelain that were painstakingly modeled and applied by hand. To keep pace with demand, Lenox built the most advanced ceramics factory of the time in 1954, in Pomona, N.J. 
Contemporary Yet Classic
In 1989 Lenox celebrated its centennial - a landmark reached by no other American porcelain company. Its luster remains undiminished. Lenox china patterns, including Eternal™ (1965) and Federal Platinum™ (1991), consistently rank among the most popular nationwide. Newer designs, such as Winter Greetings™ (1995) by the noted nature artist Catherine McClung, have been hailed as contemporary classics. And while Lenox is a leader in such current trends as transitional china and mix-and-match placesettings, it continues to employ centuries-old craft techniques, including piercing, jeweling, and etching.



In addition to the White House, Lenox tableware is at home in the vice president's official residence, more than 300 U.S. embassies, and more than half of the governors' mansions. Its giftware has been selected for presentation to dignitaries by the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of State, among others. Its products are in the permanent collections of America's most prestigious cultural institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and have been the centerpieces in exhibitions of American decorative arts. And most important, Lenox continues to be used with pleasure and given with pride by families across the country. 


Now flourishing in its second century, the company has never lost sight of Walter Scott Lenox's original vision. In fact, Lenox has come full circle, with artistic pieces for the table, the home and all gift-giving occasions. From once-in-a-lifetime wedding presents to seasonal holiday selections, gifts of Lenox are given with great pride, received with genuine gratitude. And so have earned the distinction as 'Gifts That Celebrate Life.' Walter Scott Lenox was a man with a passion for his craft, a passion for life. Which is perhaps exactly why his legacy endures today.

From the Lenox Website www.Lenox . com   


Here is a design I made For you to enjoy year after year like my Lenox's ornament this is heirloom quality, all vintage rhinestone was collected from my collection. It also can convert to a necklace . Please visit my shop VintElegance.com for  more wonderful designs!


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