Bon Vivant Meets Artistry: Bernardaud Presents Limited Edition Tableware
By: E.J. Webber
Falling down the rabbit hole is no longer a requirement to have lunch served on the finest porcelain plates with the Queen of Hearts! The venerable Bernardaud, maker of fine French Limoge porcelain tableware, has combined five generations of French talent and flair with artistry, then added a dash of whimsy fired at approximately 2,400 degrees Farenheit to create a limited edition set of plates that can only be described as stunning.
Famed artist Jeff Koons’ series of six dinner plates named after his Banality series are anything but banal. They represent the artist’s impressions of Hummel-like figures, most notably Michael Jackson and Bubbles that shows Jackson cuddling his pet monkey. The six dinner and six salad plates are available for $1,120. There are other serving pieces available to complete the set.
To celebrate 150 years, the house has gone to meet the world of art, as Michel Bernardaud says, “to the whirlpool of creativity” to develop their one-of-a-kind limited edition plates.
Alice really did meet Marc Chagall- perhaps he was the white rabbit - and in this marvelous set of dishes- a service for 12 - entitled Pour Ida, Bernardaud recreates in limited edition, the original 1952 wedding service Chagall created for his daughter. Each piece bears a different drawing in the artist’s own brushstroke that witnesses his genius. The 69-piece set is stamped with his signature and is limited to 225 sets only.
American artist and film director, Julian Schnabel, loaned his talent to Bernardaud in creating the series called Ogni Angelo Ha Il Suo Lato Spavento loosely translated to mean, “Every angel has its terrifying side.” Evoking the image of traveling on a beautiful ship, “It can also make your food look better,” so says Schnabel himself. The six dinner and six salad plates are available for $1,230 as well as other limited edition pieces.
The Swiss artist, Magdalena Gerber, presents her images on the plate series called Camera Obscura. Remarkable for the ethereal depiction of a feeling that explores space between the ordinary and extraordinary. The plates purposefully blur the images on them allowing the viewer to decide, “Whether it is the beginning of a table service or a set of decorative plates.” The set of six dinner plates are available for $514.00.