The original probably dates from 1784 and is present in all the museums of the world specialized in porcelain. The "Ancien Manufacture Royale" gave the name "Comte d'Artois" to this shape and "A la Reine" to its decor. The decor is very characteristic of the 18th century: it consists of flowers, tulips, roses, honeysuckle, carnations and daisies. The flowers are painted with natural bright colors ; a blue rim emphasizes the border composed of golden wolf teeth.
- Care Instructions: Hand wash only please, Not microwave safe
- Holds Approx, 2 Quarts
- Made in France
- Materials: Genuine French Limoges Porcelain
Porcelain: Hand-wash or dishwasher?
You may hand-wash your dinnerware using the soft side of a scrub sponge and regular dishwashing liquid. However, never use the abrasive side of the sponge, which might scratch or damage the surface of the decoration, especially gold or platinum.
Our dinnerware is also dishwasher-safe. Make sure to select a low-temperature program and do not exceed the recommended amount of detergent. If you are not going to wash your dishes right away (either by hand or in the dishwasher), we advise you to rinse them off with hot water. Load all of the pieces securely in the dishwasher so they can't be dislodged by water action, touch other items and get chipped.
Porcelain and the microwave
All of our dinnerware patterns are microwave-safe except those decorated with precious metals (gold, silver or platinum). When Bernardaud uses a precious metal for decoration, the percentage of metal is high, so these dinnerware sets should never be put in a microwave.
Porcelain and the conventional oven
Our porcelain pieces (fired at 1400°C) can easily withstand the maximum temperature of a conventional oven (300°C). You can warm your dinner plates in the oven and use Bernardaud serveware for all cooking and baking purposes. However, our products should not be subjected to pronounced temperature differences. For instance, never take a serving dish out of the refrigerator and put it directly into a hot even (or vice-versa). This will make your porcelain dish or any dish made of a ceramic material crack.
The first prestigious service produced by the Royal Manufactory after it acquired its royal status, the A La Reine service was issued in 1784 and the original pieces can be found today in the collections of the world’s greatest museums. The curves of its “Comte d’Artois” shape are characteristic of the elegant lines given to precious objects at the time.
Its floral decoration is characteristic of the second half of the 18th century and the reign of Louis XVI. The design includes bouquets and swathes of flowers - honeysuckle, roses, tulips, carnations and daisies - painted au naturel and in saturated colors. At the time, their studied spontaneity was designed to conceal slight imperfections in the porcelain caused by wood firing. A thin blue band at the rim highlights its gilded, scalloped border design.