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The glassmaking company of La Rochère, in France’s Franche-Comté, traces its history back to 1475, when “gentleman glass-maker” Simon de Thysac founded a glassworks that supplied the needs of locals in this rural area located between Champagne and Alsace. Despite repeated destruction, once by a fire that destroyed the entire village and later by the Thirty Years’ War, the rebuilt glassworks grew and flourished, and was acquired in 1858 by François-Xavier Fouillot and two associates. Fouillot’s descendants still run the company today, and their products include a wide range of elegant glassware, stemware, vases and bowls. Now four of their classic designs are available through the California-based company I Dream of France, which is offering 10% off La Rochère glassware through November, exclusively for France Today readers.

La Rochère: Arts de la Table
La Rochere Dragonfly Tall Glass 

Designs included in the special offer are the La Rochère Fleur de Lys, Bee (a Napoleonic symbol), Dragonfly and Anduze (whose shape is inspired by the graceful terracotta urns made in the French town of that name). Products include glasses, bowls, pitchers, decanters and carafes, and regular prices range from $8.49 to $26.99. To take advantage of this special offer, visit the I Dream of France website and use the code FRANCETODAY at checkout. The offer is good until November 30, 2010.

For more information on La Rochère, visit their website.

We are only two weeks into the new year, and we can already announce new lines of products and new products for existing brands for 2010. We just came back from the Atlanta Gift Show, where we happened to see Karen Lee Ballard in person, and found two new lines of table linens.

First is Le Cluny, who cuts and sews Provençal fabric (imported from France) in North Carolina into a wide range of table linens. The majority of our new tablecloths from Le Cluny are acrylic coated.

Second is Couleur Nature, designed by Parisian designer Bruno Lamy and manufactured in India. These are fantastic block printed designs.

Couleur Nature Block Printed French Tablecloth

Couleur Nature Block Printed French Tablecloth

We will soon be carrying a new line of French soaps named La Lavande. Despite their name they offer many great scents, not just lavender, in various sizes and exciting shapes; genuine Provence soaps at great prices.

Our Laguiole knives were a big hit last year and we are adding more products, such as a cheese set, to our selection.

Our line of La Rochere glasses will receive a new pattern called “Anduze,” as well as pitchers and carafes in our bee and Fleur de Lys pattern.

La Rochere Anduze French Glass

La Rochere Anduze French Glass

We are excited to announce that all the Quimper Faience patterns will now be available this year in the US. That means a huge selection will now be offered. We will be stocking some of their products, but since it is impossible to carry everything, we will take orders for what we don’t currently have. Delivery time for these orders is between four and eight weeks.