Monday, July 1, 2013

Pretty Pretty Princess House - Nouveau by Arcoflam (France)

I remember, when I was a kid, before we moved out to the farm, the circle that we lived on was awash with home parties.  It was the mid 70's and it was all the rage.  Tupperware parties, Home Interior parties, and Princess House parties.

Many of the women on the street populated their homes with products from these parties....  Thus, many of the interiors of the homes on the street looked disturbingly similar.   I remember the Princess House parties most vividly, because there was a lot of crystal and bone china, so children were NOT allowed int he room amongst the breakables.  Mom's formal stemware (Esprite) came from Princess House, as did her frosted clematis dessert plates (Fantasia).   She even had a English bone china coffee pot and to cups (Windsor Rose).

Unlike Pampered Chef and some other companies that sell via the same "home party" formula, Princess House did not manufacture their own products, they would contract with companies to make products for them.  This is evidenced by the tea pot I mentioned.  The bottom was marked "Hammersley and Co.", a well known English bone china manufacturer who was also contracted by Tiffany & Co., on occasion, to make pieces for them.

The reason for all this background on Princess House is that I recently found a piece of "Corningware" produced for said "house of Princessness", though I do not know what the time frame of availability was, because we had moved to the farm in 1977 and Mom stopped having parties for such things.   I only found out about it's existence back in 2007 when I began hunting down vintage Corningware pieces in thrift stores.

The cooking line was called Nouveau, though technically, there was nothing "New" about it, except maybe the shape and the fact that it came from France instead of Corning Consumer Products Division in the United States.


It was produced by ARC (who also make Luminarc glassware and Arcoroc dinnerware) in France under the Arcoflam name, then shipped back to the U.S. to be sold at Princess House parties.  The shape is sort of a faceted round and the handles attach differently than original or current Corningware/Pyrosil/Pyroflam.  There is a large square "lug" on one end used for handle attachment.

Here is a picture of the handle used on Nouveau....

You place the handle over the lug and squeeze the trigger.


If you look really close, you can see the Arcoflam name on the clamping trigger.

To release the handle, you simply press the button on the side of the handle.

The formula for Nouveau is slightly different from Vintage Corningware.  It's still a Ceramic Glass (Vitro-Ceramic), but the formulation is more inline with what is currently used on smooth cook tops, both radiant and induction.  But for all intents and purposes, regardless of who is licensing what from whom and where the who is manufacturing under which product name and how it's sold....  it's still "Corningware". 

Where is your Corningware??
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33 comments:

  1. I attended and hosted many a Princess House parties. Sadly klutzy dusting led to the demise of many of my pieces. I had no idea that Corning Ware made some of their pieces.

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  2. I still have a few pieces of nouveau and I love it. It is so convenient and versatile. You can't buy it anymore.

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  3. I love the Nouveau cookware and still use it to this day. However, I have been searching for replacement lids for both my 1.5 and 2 quart pans. No one seems to have them and Princess House could not refer me anywhere to look for them. Any ideas?

    Sue

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    1. Ebay offers the best selection, and shopgoodwill.com comes in second.

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    2. This is very true. Ebay and Etsy are probably your best bet, aside from checking the lid sections at your local thrift stores or the GoodWill and Salvation Army.... The Nouveau lids are similar to round Pyrex lids, but the knobs are smaller and the underside has "France" embossed on it.

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    3. Replacement.com has a lot of the Nouveau pieces, pans, lids & handles

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  4. Your best bet is to hunt through the Good Will, Salvation Army's and any other local thrift stores in your area. You may even have good luck on eBay or etsy.. But they will cost a pretty penny. You have the advantage of knowing what they look like. I actually have a 1 quart casserole from this line, but have never seen the lid, so I don't know what to look for. Luckily, when I found the 10 inch chicken fryer, it had it's extremely domed lid rubber banded to it. You know, I am still kicking myself for only taking a picture of the piece above for documentation purposes... I really should have bought it. :-(

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  5. Where can I buy these handles ?

    Mike

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    1. I may have some handles blue for sale r u interested
      anna

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    2. I may have some handles blue for sale r u interested
      anna

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  6. Mike - They can usually be found at the GoodWill, Salvation Army, eBay or etsy. Sadly, the current models produced by Arcoflam do not include the Princess House Nouveau. So the handles can only be found second hand.

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  7. I found a set of 6 with lids & handle for $55 at a local consignment store. I was so intrigued by the feel of the set & ease of storage. From reading your post, I guess I should grab it! There are also a large & small frying pan with lids for $60. I suppose I should hurry back.

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    1. Kerry... You should do it. At leat get the saucepan set. That is a REALLY good price. They are usually 20 or more a piece plus shipping on eBay and etsy. Good luck

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  8. http://www.replacements.com/webquote/PRHNOU.htm

    just bought a set at a yard sale and found this site that sells replacement pieces. hope it helps, though it seems pretty expensive

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  9. You can get all the Nouveau your heart desires on eBay. My advise would be to watch the shipping as some dealers are unrealistically high and also make sure the piece is insured before it is shipped. Barkeepers Friend cleans up pieces and restores them to like new.

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  10. I have had these pans for years and unfortunately, this weekend, one of them was scratched on the inside bottom with a metal utensil. Does anyone know if it can be used after scratched? I am really bummed about it. Thanks for commenting.

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    1. Taffy..... The pan should still be all right to cook in, however, the scratch may cause a little more "sticking" of any food.

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  11. I have the 1.5 at and the 2.75 at saucepans with lids and one handle that I am departing with. They are the Nouveau Princess House and I may have used them twice years ago. They would be $260 plus shipping. I will do 180.00 plus shipping if anyone is interested. cpayne284@charter.net

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  12. I hit the jackpot and found 2 different size sauce pans/ pots at a local consignment near my mom for $5 a piece with the handles and lids in great condition. I couldn't believe it! Now I am trying to find out how to use them. I've never used ceramic to cook with and I don't want to damage them.

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  13. I just found 2... 1 1/2 quart pots, no lids..........are these just for electric stoves ? And can I use them in the oven ?? ( I have a gas stove )

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    1. Yes, these are suppose to be able to do everything that Vintage Corning Ware can do... Electric, Gas & Radiant Cooktop, Broiler, Oven (Gas or Electric), Microwave, Freezer, Refrigerator.

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  14. Can they be used on ceramic flat top stoves?

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    1. Yes, they are actually great on Flat Radiant Glass-Ceramic cook tops. Because they are flat on the bottom, and don't warp like metal pots when heated, they make better contact with the heated stove surface and allow you to cook at a lower temperature; saving energy. Unless you are boiling water, you should never need to cook on your stove above the medium setting with Princess House Nouveau Cookware. Enjoy.

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  16. Don't waste your money on these pans. they work for a few weeks, but after that you'll be using more and more oil to keep food from sticking. Eventually even the oil won't help. One of the worst kitchen utensils I ever bought. 

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  17. years ago, I bought a pan with steamer to hold vegetables on top. I use it often as one of my favorites in the kitchen. I love it!!

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  18. Can I cook with the skillet frypan on direct flame

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    1. Yes. Nouveau is just like vintage Corning Ware, and is stovetop safe

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  19. what do I use to clean Princess House pots please ?

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    1. If it's really dirty, I scrub them down with Barkeeper's Friend or Bon Ami. For regular day to day cleaning, I use Weimans Glass Cooktop Cleaner.

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