At Le Bristol Paris, the ritual of teatime is further refined by the delicacy of Raynaud porcelain.
Anyone who has had the pleasure of teatime at Le Bristol Hotel’s Café Antonia is familiar with Raynaud. Their beautiful Histoire Naturelle porcelain tea set, with its hand-painted design of verdant branches, birds and butterflies is used to serve guests their tea, sandwiches and cakes in the heart of Paris.
The inimitable Raynaud porcelain is handmade in Limoges, France, according to a family-held tradition that dates back three generations, and two centuries. Since the beginning, the name Raynaud has been synonymous with innovation, artistry and perfection in porcelain making. Martial Raynaud, the company’s founding father, developed a decorative technique to give his regal, turn-of-the-century designs a luxurious relief effect. Taking over in 1952, his adventurous son and successor, André, collaborated with painters such as Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau on a range of modernist square plates that are now on view at the Pompidou Centre and the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris. Today, Bertrand Raynaud keeps the creative tradition alive through collaborations with renowned chefs like Thomas Keller and Anne-Sophie Pic, whilst maintaining a rigorous preservation of the delicate porcelain craft.
Afternoon tea at Le Bristol Paris
The Raynaud Histoire Naturelle tea service is now available online at Eden Being. Decorated in an airy and elegant design painted by American wildlife artist Pamela Baldwin, this distinctively French porcelain set is a future heirloom.