In the village of Audun-le-Tiche in Lorraine, the trained foundryman François Boch decides to swap his trade – the manufacturing of bombs – for something rather more peaceful. As the “Bombardier du Roi,” he advanced to the post of mayor. But for his sons Pierre-Joseph, Dominique and Jean-François, he has a better future in mind than the tough, dangerous work in the steel works, and so the Bochs started to manufacture ceramics.
Villeroy & Boch is commissioned to design the flooring of the cathedral. The importance of this building cannot be overestimated. Following the bitter defeats against Napoleon’s armies, completion of construction work on the cathedral symbolizes the people’s desire for a unified Germany.
Over a period of five years, a floor mosaic -covering a total of 1,300 m2 and depicting the medieval view of the cosmos and the history of the archdiocese of Cologne – is designed, manufactured and laid.
The RMS Titanic sets sail on 10 April on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. The sinking of what was the largest ship in the world at the time has made it one of the most famous ships of all time.
Also on board: Mettlach tiles. Based on Roman floor tile mosaics, these were designed in the mid-19th century by Eugène Boch and have now risen to popularity in high society. No surprise then that these luxurious, high-quality tiles were at the feet of the aristocracy and wealthy nobility on board the famous Titanic.
Lady Diana is just 19 years old when she marries Prince Charles on 29 July, becoming the Princess of Wales. Breakfast will be served to the world-famous married couple on the yellow and green “Geranium” tableware collection from Villeroy & Boch – in keeping with the young princess’s wishes and as requested on the gift list for her dream wedding.
Queen Sirikit of Thailand is visiting the UK. During a flying visit to London, she chooses to purchase a Villeroy & Boch dinner service. Of course she opts for one of the most beautiful collections – “Siena,” with its sumptuous marble décor.
The Rothschilds are one of the richest families in the world and the owners of the renowned wine-growing estate Château Clarke. Baron Edmond de Rothschild, the owner of the estate, is a man of exceptional taste, as evidenced by his excellent red wines, but also by his creative ideas.
It was he who came up with the main idea for a special tableware design that depicts the world of wine in a natural way. This inspiration evolved into the Château Clarke set, a joint creation of Villeroy & Boch and Baron de Rothschild.
Wendelin von Boch personally delivers a papal tableware set to Benedict XVI that has been specially designed to meet the exceptional standards associated with this high spiritual office.
The delivery of tableware to the Pope is a longstanding tradition at Villeroy & Boch. Special collections have already been designed for four Popes in the past, starting with Pius XII (1955), followed by John XXIII (1959), Paul VI (1964) and Pope John Paul II in 1980.