High-Water Marks

Patricia Boyer, Lois Bloom / January 2009

Lois Bloom and Patricia Boyer beachcomb for manufacturer's best-selling table wares.

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    Izabel Lam New York From the "Morningtide" porcelain collection: 12 ounce porcelain sake carafe and 2 ounce cups.

    Rosenthal USA The "In.gredienti" collection's compatible components work together for versatility. The "Bugia" 5 1/2" by 4" deep plate is shown with the "Coppetta" 2 3/4" bowl.

    Fortessa Made of strong and durable Vitraluxeâ„¢ Superwhite, the 13 3/4" "Petals" bowl is also available in 8 1/2" and 12" sizes.

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    Cardinal Glassware Made of Advanced Glass for extra strength and shock resistance, the 19 1/2 ounce, 8 7/8" high "Cabernet" young wine glass has an elegant sheer rim.

    Judel Holding 5 ounces, the sleekly modern 9 7/8" trumpet Champagne flute appears to hold much more.

    Spiegelau The "Beer Classics" collection comprises a 9 1/3" high, 17 1/3 ounce wheat beer glass (shown), as well as a 17 1/3 ounce, 7" lager/pint and a 14 ounce, 6" stemmed pilsner.

    Nachtmann The dramatically ridged 10" "Slice" vase catches the light and the eye.

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    Riverside Design Group** Ideal for catering and room service, the "Sea Glass" 12" by 19" oval platter partners with one or two 7" triangle plates. Both are available in an array of colors.

    Sambonet "H-Art" 18/10 stainless-steel (or silver-plated) flatware includes 19 pieces, including a serrated knife that balances on its blade.

    Seltmann USA "Sketch Basic" porcelain includes this versatile 6" triangle plate, great for amuses bouches, apps, and dessert.

    Orion Trading & Design The "Serena" 5" fused glass plate is perfect for an amuse bouche or bread & butter. Available in seven colors and in 7 1/2", 10", and 12 1/2" sizes

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    Kenilworth Trading Company The 75 individual pieces of the "Newell" collection offer refined design at affordable prices, such as the shell dish shown on a 6" flat plate.

    Villeroy & Boch The deep sculpted "Cera" bowl measures 11 1/2" by 8 1/2", a good choice for a main course, salads, bouillabaisse, or pasta.

    WMF True to form, "Torso" 18/10 stainless-steel flatware follows sensuously curvaceous lines. Shown in mirror-finish, it can be had with matte-finish handles.

    American Metalcraft The stainless-steel "Zig Zag" platter has a 1" rim and measures 16 1/2" by 12 1/2". Two other sizes are available: 21" by 15" and 12 1/2" by 10".

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    Guy Degrenne Hotel A complete rance of "Solstice" flatware, available in 18/10 stainless-steel and silverplate, features knives that stand on their blades. The fish service is shown here.

    BIA Cordon Bleu The "Nouveau" 14 1/4" by 7" rectangular porcelain serving platter is popular for hors d'oeuvres, cheeses, and desserts.

    Steelite International USA "Spyro" has a sumptuous curved shape and embossed pattern inspired by British Op Artist Bridget Riley. The 11 3/4" nouveau bowl is shown.