Currently, my husband and I, never having registered, own a small, rather girly set, of Corelle dinnerware that I purchased years ago for my own use. These plates have seen better days.The decoration has rubbed off considerably, utensil marks are apparent, and I recently shattered a plate by placing it on the counter a touch too forcefully.
I've long since changed my tastes and my needs have likewise changed considerably. As an aspiring pro chef, I'd like to go with your classic, rimmed, French Porcelain; both for everyday use AND formal occasions. As it stands, I'm leaning strongly towards either Pillivuyt or Apilco. However, I have some reservations regarding each.
Firstly, I mostly love the Apilco Traditional collection seen here:
Design wise, I enjoy the look and feel of these plates. Generally speaking, I strongly favor thinner, gently curved rims, which these have. However, I really dislike how shallow Apilco's pasta/soup dishes are; in my opinion, there's hardly much difference between these and their ordinary plates. Furthermore, Apilco does not seem to be quite as durable as Pillivuyt. I'd like to be able to place dishes under the broiler without fear.
Unfortunately, Pillivuyt seems to be difficult to find in American Stores, other than a limited selection at Williams-Sonoma and a few specialty shops. Of course, the flagship line, Sancerre, isn't carried by Williams-Sonoma, so I haven't been able to actually have a look at it in person. Furthermore, I can't seem to find any decent images online to be able to get a better grasp. The closest thing I could find in stores was the Basketweave collection seen here:
I don't plan on purchasing anything so decorative (hence why I'd like the Sancerre) but regardless, I really disliked the shape of these plates. Strictly speaking about shape, the rims seemed overly large and were virtually flat. They had a much more modern look than I'm in the market for, plus I feel as though some sauces might easily spill on to the edges.
I still would prefer to stick with Pillivuyt, both for their durability, soup/pasta dishes, and, while much less important, their shade of white. However, with such a large investment, I'd like to actually ENJOY the plates I'll be looking at everyday.
With all that being said, has anyone here actually compared the Sancerre line against something like the Apilco Traditional in person? Better still, does anyone own both? I'd really just like to know if the Sancerre is comparable in shape and form to the Apilco Tranditional, or if it follows those same flat, modern lines as the Basketweave pattern.
Also, assuming I go for the Pillivuyt, does anyone know how well the Cecil line matches the Sancerre? I'm not a fan of the Sancerre cups one bit and would prefer something more traditional.
Any help would be appreciated, Thank you. :)
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