Portuguese China Vista Alegre at Blokker's stores!!
|From Coisas Minhas|
Vista Alegre is a very important china brand in Portugal. The factory was established in 19th century by Jose Ferreira Pinto Basto.
He began by acquiring, in 1812, the ‘Quinta da Ermida’ (Chapel Estate), near the town of Ílhavo on the edge of the Aveiro estuary.
Shortly afterwards he also bought the surrounding lands which included the Vista Alegre Estate, with a Palace, a Chapel and various buildings around a large square, having ordered the construction of the factory.
The warrant that authorized the functioning of the Vista Alegre Factory was granted in 1824 by D. João VI, giving as benefit “all the favours, privileges and independence that are enjoyed or will be enjoyed in the future, by the National Factories”, and having the founder associating to the factory his fifteen children, becoming the company entitled “Ferreira Pinto & Filhos”.
Just five years later Vista Alegre received the title of Royal Factory, in recognition of its art and industrial success.
If you visit Vista Alegre site (there is an english version), you will see many and beautiful table sets options... Classic, Casual, Contemporary and Premium.
The best, of course, is a Vista Alegre Tour and visiting the factory, the museum, the palace and the chappel ;-)
Nearby, is the beautiful city of Aveiro... with water canals, by the way...:-) where you can enjoy a very special boat trip...
Enjoy, if you go to Portugal this summer!
Have a nice week-end! ;-)