Here are the best French luxury tableware brands to elevate your next dinner party. If you’ve always wanted to set your table like the French, I’ve put together this buyer’s guide to French luxury tableware and what French brands you should consider.
As we’re spending more time at home, why not revel in the little things and make every home-cooked meals feel special? Plus, when we’re able to host formal or informal dinners again, you’ll be prepared to entertain in style. Indeed, a good set of dinnerware will bring a touch of class to any dinner table and remain in style for years.
So, if you want to update your tableware with luxury dinnerware brands, look no further than my luxurious selection. Whether you’re looking for French flatware (or silverware), glassware, tableware, or fine table decorations, here are the ten French brands I suggest deserve your attention due to their enduring, beautiful designs, and superb craftsmanship.
10 Best French Luxury Tableware Brands
Bernardaud is probably one of the most well-known French luxury tableware brands. The story began in 1863 when two industrialists from Limoges opened a factory to meet the increased demand for porcelain dinnerware services. At the workshop, an apprentice by the name of Léonard Bernardaud stood out from the others. Twenty years later, he was promoted to head of sales and the founders made him a partner. You can shop Bernardaud here at Bloomingdale’s, at Bergdorf Goodman, and at Neiman Marcus.
Baccarat Crystal is a famous French luxury tableware brand and French manufacturer of fine crystal glassware. It was established in 1765 by the Bishop of Metz who wanted to encourage industry in the village of Baccarat, in France. The company made all kinds of utility glassware (windows, bottles, tableware) and flourished for many years. And they even survived the French Revolution in 1789. Over the past 180 years, Baccarat has developed many new techniques in making the finest crystal glass. The company is famous for its superb crystal glass tableware, for beautiful decanters and bottles, and for superb crystal sculptures of animals and birds. You can shop Baccarat here at Bloomingdale’s, at Bergdorf Goodman, and at Neiman Marcus.
Since 1837, Hermès has remained faithful to its artisanal model and its humanist values. The freedom to create, the constant quest for beautiful materials, and the transmission of exceptional know-how forge the uniqueness of Hermès. For six generations, Hermès has been an independent, family-owned French house, artisanal, creative, innovative, and responsible, whose entrepreneurial spirit has become its business model. You can shop Hermès here at Saks Fifth Avenue, at Bergdorf Goodman, and at Neiman Marcus.
Christofle is one of the most well-known French luxury tableware brands for silver cutlery and silver accessories. The French family business has been a household name for Arts de la table for over 150 years. In 1830, Charles Christofle founded the company and his maxim was “Only one quality: the best”. Over the years, Christofle has furnished many royal houses, well-known institutions, and luxury hotels with its silver cutlery and silver accessories. These have included the Orient Express, Napoleon III’s table, the Elysée Palace as well as many sultans’ palaces and aristocratic homes around the world. You can shop Christofle here at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, at Bergdorf Goodman, and at Neiman Marcus.
5. Raynaud Limoges
For over a century, through three generations of entrepreneurs, Raynaud has embodied the traditional craftsmanship of Limoges porcelain production. It all began in 1911 when Martial Raynaud, a porcelain salesman decided to open his own decoration workshop in Limoges. In 1919, after his early success in Europe, he bought the Montjovis factory which he entirely reorganized to found Porcelaines Raynaud. Martial’s eldest son André followed in his father’s footsteps from an early age and he took the helm after Martial’s death in 1952. You can shop Raynaud here at Saks Fifth Avenue, at Bergdorf Goodman, and at Neiman Marcus.
Lalique is a French glassmaker, founded by renowned glassmaker and jeweler René Lalique in 1888. René Lalique began his career as a jewelry apprentice at the age of 16. And by 1881 he was a freelance designer for many of the best-known Parisian jewelers. In 1905, Lalique opened a new shop at Place Vendôme which exhibited not only jewelry, but glass works as well. In 1907, Lalique began producing ornate perfume bottles for the French perfumer Coty. Today, Lalique is best known for producing glass art, including perfume bottles, and vases. You can shop Lalique here at Bloomingdale’s, at Bergdorf Goodman, and at Neiman Marcus.
Ercuis is a Parisian silver manufacturer founded by the young priest Adrien Célest Pillon in the tiny village of Ercuis in 1867. This French luxury tableware brand is famous for exclusive silver products with modern designs. Very high-quality workmanship visible in the cutlery, dishes, and trays as well as accessories is what makes the traditional French company so distinctive. The traditional Ercuis silver manufacturer works with renowned luxury hotels and star restaurants. You can shop Ercuis here at Saks Fith Avenue, at Bergdorf Goodman, and at Neiman Marcus.
In 1878 Jean Daum acquired a local glassworks near Nancy, which at the time was still producing simple glassware products. Later, Antonin Daum, the son of the owner, created artistic glass objects. With their vibrant colors and artistic shapes, the vases, candle holders, dishes and other glass objects from Daum were to make a tremendous impression in the 1920s. During this period, great masters such as Salvador Dali and Henri Bergé designed glass objects for Daum. These pieces were – and still are – made by hand at the manufactory, and individually numbered. You can shop Daum here at Saks Fifth Avenue, at Bergdorf Goodman, and at Neiman Marcus.
9. Saint Louis Crystal
Born in 1586, the Müntzthal glassworks become Verrerie Royale in 1767 through Louis XV’s royal seal of approval. Since 1829, renamed Cristallerie Royale de Saint-Louis, the manufacture is exclusively devoted to the production of crystal-glass items. Since then, Saint-Louis signs everyday crystal creations – tableware, vases, chandeliers, and lighting items – crafted by master glassblowers and cutters considered to be among the very best in France (Meilleurs Ouvriers de France). You can shop at Saint Louis Crystal here at Saks Fifth Avenue, at Bergdorf Goodman, and at Neiman Marcus.
10. Philippe Deshoulieres
Philippe Deshoulieres, founded in 1826, is a leading Limoges porcelain manufacturer, recognized throughout the world. Their painters and decorators have knowledge handed down through generations, inspired by both classic and contemporary trends in interior design and fashion. Take a look at their highly decorated patterns, which are beautiful when mixed with white dinnerware or with patterns decorated with a simple metallic border. The possibilities are endless to create a lovely, unique table service. You can shop Philippe Deshoulieres here at Bloomingdale’s.
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Bonjour! I’m Leonce, I’m French and I’m a Parisian expat currently living in the city center of Amsterdam (I previously lived in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, on the Ile-Saint-Louis). I created Leonce Chenal back in 2018 when I was living in London and missing my home country way too much. Because I truly believe you don’t have to be French or to live in France to experience the French art de vivre, Leonce Chenal is a French digital magazine to help you live your French life, wherever you are. Enjoy <3