Gifts Today magazine

Tableware gets the Midas Touch

Gold décorations on glass and porcelain is seeing a resurgence

If the last few housewares shows are anything to go by, it seems gold décor on glass and on porcelain has begun rearing its glamorous head once more. Whether etched with 24-karat gold or hand painted, whether full-on or subtle, whether classical or contemporary, glassware and porcelain seems to have been given the Midas touch.

There are some markets for which gold décor – be it on glassware or porcelain – is always in demand, of course – Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, for example. “In the Middle East, we do a lot of gold décor, both real platinum and real gold, as well as a lot of personalised etchings on glassware,” explains Lloyd Lamprecht, international key account manager at Villeroy & Boch.

Michael Wainwright is of course famed for his 24-carat gold hand painted creations. His latest collection Truro delivers decadent pieces hand painted with decorative lines and borders of gold and platinum on frosted panels. Inspired by walking barefoot on the beaches and golden dunes of Truro, Cape Cod, this collection or stemware and tableware captures the timeless shifting of ocean, wind and sand as 24-karat gold or platinum joins with porcelain.

Also bathing in golden tones is Jasper Conran Gold, the latest edition of dinnerware to Jasper’s collection of fine bone china for Wedgwood. Decorated in a brushed gold finish, this collection boasts a refined opulence, making it perfect for entertaining.

Then there’s the gold on glassware. As part of its Monsoon Home Collection, Denby has released its Lucille Gold Lustre glassware range, which features subtle and contemporary gold etching on stemware, while Portuguese porcelain manufacturer, Vista Alegre has unveiled its neoclassical-inspired S. Carlos bar set, which comes with deep cuts and a stunning gold trim.

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