MacKenzie-Childs Celebrates 25 Years of Courtly Check

    Courtly Check, MacKenzie-Childs
    MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check dinnerware.

    Throughout September, MacKenzie-Childs is celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of its signature patterns, Courtly Check.

    Debuted in 1995, the hand-painted ivory and onyx design with jewel tones layered in was one of the five patterns in the company’s Camp MacKenzie-Childs enamelware collection.

    Over the past quarter-century, the Courtly Check assortment has grown to include ceramics, linens and cookware along with other items.


    According to MacKenzie-Childs, Courtly Check debuted more than 30 years ago when it appeared on a hand-painted armoire as a thin border separating two ornate patterns. 

    In 1995 it was then featured on enamelware and was first called Roasted Marshmallow because it resembled caramelized sugar on marshmallows toasted over an open fire.

    A few years later it was renamed Courtly Check after an editor referred to MacKenzie-Childs as “the court jester of tabletop.”

    To celebrate Courtly Check’s silver anniversary, Kitchenware Today has selected our five favorite kitchenware items from the collection.

    Whistling Tea Kettle: $150
    Combining functionality and beauty, the tea kettle lets you know when your water is ready. Hand-painted, the kettle’s black-and-white checks sit over a heavy-gauge steel underbody.

    Enamel Dinnerware: $28 to $58 per piece
    The dinnerware collection includes a charger plate, dinner plate, salad/dessert plate, rimmed dish, breakfast bowl, everyday bowl, mug, teacup, saucer, 20-ounce tumbler and 10-ounce tumbler.

    Martini Glass: $82
    Designed for sipping the classic cocktail, whether dry, dirty or with a twist, the base featuring the Courtly Check pattern sets the foundation, topped with amber luster on the stem and gold luster on the rim. Mouth-blown and hand-painted, the glass is manufactured from top to bottom in Eastern Europe.

    Roasting Pan with Rack: $145
    From the oven to your table, the enamel roasting pan with rack serves as both a cooking vessel and a piece of serveware.

    5-quart Casserole: $195
    The casserole is hand-glazed with a heavy-gauge steel underbody, a bronzed stainless steel rim and an 18/10 stainless steel knob the features an antique brass finish. It is over safe to 400° Fahrenheit.

    Courtly Check, MacKenzie-Childs
    Whistling Tea Kettle.
    Courtly Check, MacKenzie-Childs
    Martini Glass


    Courtly Check, MacKenzie-Childs
    Roasting Pan with Rack.
    Courtly Check, MacKenzie-Childs
    5-quart Casserole