French Porcelain (Old Paris)
​Year: ca. 1866


Tazze 2014.05.100 & 101 EL
Chocolate Cups 2014.05.39 a-d EL
Compote (H. 5 ½”) 2014.05.26 EL
Platter 1/5 "AA"

Dinner plate 2014.05.64 EL

All items from the Mr. and Mrs. Franck H. Kaiser, Sr. Collection

Adelicia purchased this large set (over 500 pieces) of monogrammed formal china serving 24 plus people, during her Grand Tour in 1865 through 1866. The Escalier de Cristal, located in the Palace Royal Paris was the premiere retailer of tableware in nineteenth century France. The Palace Royal was built in 1629 and surrounded the Tuileries on three sides. In the 1840s the galleries became a very popular location for shops and cafes. The Escalier De Cristal (The Crystal Staircase) was begun in 1802 by Madame Marie Jeanne Rosalie De’sarnaud. In 1854 the firm was owned by Lachoche-Pannier. In 1890 ownership changed again continued in business into the early twentieth century. They also sold bronzes, decorative accessories and later furniture.


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Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue 

Nashville, TN 37212


1900 Belmont Blvd

Nashville, TN 37212


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The architecture of Belmont Mansion makes it one of the most significant homes of 19th century Tennessee.

Sold by the Acklen family in 1887, the house went to a developer who began one of Nashville’s early suburbs.

It was then purchased by two women who in 1890 started a college which evolved into Belmont University. Today the Belmont Mansion Association, which was formed in 1972, owns the collection, runs the museum, and shares this unique story of 19th century Nashville with visitors from far and near.

Photos by Ed Houk