Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Pillivuyt

I'm replacing my dishes.

After nearly 17 years, I'm ready for something new. And, it's part of the process of moving to a new house, and the change my life.

For years I've been eyeing Pillyvuyt's "Sancerre" dinnerware. Sancerre is their most popular all-white collection and is used by restaurants and hotels around the world. If you've dined out in France, chances are you've eaten from a Pillyvuyt plate. Founded by the Pillyvuyt family in 1818, Pillivuyt has been producing fine culinary porcelain in the heart of France for nearly two centuries.

The problem is, I discovered these "Sancerre" knock-offs at Crate and Barrel, where a dinner plate is one-third the price of Pillyvuyt. So, I need to decide whether to be thrifty, or, accept the price difference and buy the genuine French article.

What to do? How do you consider major purchases?

13 comments:

  1. Enjoy the real deal!! They are dishes you will be able to use all year long whether it be a simple salad and sparkly water dinner while reading a book or for a dinner party..Enjoy!! They may be an investment now, however in the long run they will be a simple luxury! Bon Appetit!! xoxo

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  2. I can't speak for crate and barrel, but I settled for white cafe plates at pottery barn many years ago and hated them. They showed knife marks really bad on the plates and in general were just lower quality than say my Apilco plates. I vote for the pillyvuyt because you will always love them and won't waste money on something you settled for.

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  3. S, yes, the knife marks! I bought one Crate and Barrel plate to see how I liked it and I can already see some scratches.

    Carolyn, I am really torn. I am thinking I could buy some now, and continue to add to the set until I have what I need.

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  4. I vote for getting the real deal. If you only replace your dishes every 17 years, you should get the one that will last and will make you happy every time you use them!

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  5. Leslie, you're a DCer! Checked out your blog--thanks for visiting mine.

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  6. Go for the real deal! Even if you have to buy in bits and pieces, you will love them more!

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  7. Well, if I was buying them for myself I'd get the C&B ones because I get bored quickly and like to change things up. But for you, knowing you will use them often and forever, I'd say spend the money.

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  8. I too have been looking into white dishes for a more everyday looks good with pizza or a sandwich dish (we use out mikasa china for everything). I think it's best to buy a small set (4-6 place settings) and add to it bit by bit. It's classic, it wears well, and you won't break the bank if you do it slowly.

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  9. Leigh, you know me--I will use them forever!

    Kalee, you can't beat simple white dishes for both formal and casual dining. I love the look.

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  10. I'd go for the Real Deal - quality over quantity any day of the week! It may take you a bit longer to acquire a complete set - but once you have it you won't have to worry about how it will look or wear. I'll bet the good stuff turns out to be cheaper in the long run.

    And buying the C&B stuff to use while you buy up the Pillivuyt - Well, that's kinda' like throwing money away!

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  11. I'd go for the Pullyvuit. I have the Sancere myself and love it. I have had it for a long time. I love that is is heavy and great quality. Also oven- and microwave safe. Knock offs are often of lesser quality.

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  12. I also use them for both formal and everyday use. It is so easy to use different kinds of napkins, tablecloths etc. with white dishes. They are always in style.

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  13. anybody know where to get the gold coffee cups?

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