WASHINGTON (Oct. 20, 2014)—The National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, has selected New Jersey-based Mottahedeh as a fine porcelain dinner and giftware licensee under its National Geographic Home Collection brand for North America.
Under this multiyear agreement, National Geographic and Mottahedeh have teamed up to launch a line of unique porcelain tableware and gifts showcasing National Geographic’s vast image archives and historical artwork. The new collections will launch to trade at the New York Tabletop Show, Oct. 21-24.
“For more than a century, National Geographic Society explorers and photographers have traveled the world to capture and create stunning images and collect compelling stories,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic’s senior vice president of licensing, North America. “We are excited to work with Mottahedeh, a principal leader in the porcelain gift industry, to share our breathtaking original artwork with consumers.”
“Mottahedeh is very pleased to partner with National Geographic, carrying forward the Society’s remarkable history by introducing new designs,” said Wendy Kvalheim, president of Mottahedeh.
National Geographic’s net proceeds from the sale of these products will support vital exploration, conservation, research and education programs.
About the National Geographic Society
With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.
Mottahedeh is the recognized leader in luxury ceramic antique reproductions and historic designs, primarily hard porcelain, faience and stoneware. Having developed licensed products with Metropolitan Museum of Art, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Historic Charleston Foundation, Mount Vernon, Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Monticello, and Tony Duquette, every product tells a story.
Mottahedeh has been commissioned by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, the U.S. State Department and the Diplomatic Corps, and offers a remarkable collection of timeless patterns such as Tobacco Leaf and Blue Canton. The 90-year-old company focuses on complex and beautiful colors and unique historic shapes in a wide array of tableware and home décor accessories. These have been crafted through centuries-old techniques with attention to detail. Mottahedeh has a time-proven reputation for producing the best of classic and enduring designs and is happy to work with National Geographic’s remarkable archives. For more information, visit www.mottahedeh.com.