Where Can Someone Learn About Collecting The Lenox Pieces?

Where can someone learn about collecting the Lenox pieces? The website and books are probably some of the best sources of information for collecting Lenox. Where can someone learn about collecting the Lenox...

Where can someone learn about collecting the Lenox pieces? "That is a good question," says Timothy J. Carder, the vice president of design at Lenox, Inc. in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. "I think one would want to go online, take a look at our website and learn a little bit more about the history of the pieces."

The website, www.lenox.com, holds a treasure trove of information and little known facts about the pieces. For example, it tells of how Lenox holds the distinction of creating the first American china put into rotation at the White House in addition to being well known for its custom-made public pieces.

In fact, many of its older creations are so well respected, they're currently on public display. Carder explains, "Lots of important Lenox pieces are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The company is over 100 years old. So, when you talk about collectables, you're typically referring to the modern collectables that have been created over the last 15 years by Lenox collection, but I think the real value is in some of the exquisite pieces that were made in the early 20's, that type of thing."

The appreciation value of the pieces can be quite impressive, comments Carder. "In fact there was an auction at Christie's in New York, and they had the most incredible display of all Lenox pieces that were going to auction." So, careful preservation of your Lenox pieces could prove to be a wise investment should you decide to part with your collection down the road.

Carder advises that the Internet isn't the only place to conduct research about the Lenox legacy. "There are some books published as well. I would say a library of collectable books. You will find a section on Lenox description of the different eras, as well as the artists who have passed through these doors over the years."

But prospective collectors should not only focus on the older pieces, says Carder. "Collectors should also be aware that the pieces being produced now are the same quality as the older pieces. They are the future collectibles." He specifically notes that the tableware may even surpass its historical counterparts. "The fine dinnerware most definitely has the same quality. In fact, in a way some of it is better because the technology has helped our industry a great deal. [At the present time] we have standard operating procedures, which are very tightly controlled. Raw materials are measured more accurately; the management oversees the printing processes."

Typically, though, collectors view modernization as a detriment, not a benefit due to the assumption of more mass-produced methods. Carder reassures Lenox fans by confirming, "The only thing that is lacking is that lot of the pieces are not hand decorated as they were in the past, but then again in modern printing methods you have got guaranteed results and perfectly matching pieces, where as in the past with a series of hand painted dinner ware there would be variation because it was just a handmade product."

Some consumers may find the one-of-a-kind details hold a particular charm, while others prefer the exact matches of newer pieces. At the end of the day, collecting really boils down to a matter of personal taste. Says Carder, "It really depends what you are looking for."

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