All our beautiful blown glass ornaments are handcrafted in Europe. Each exquisite ornament evokes a joyful New Orleans memory. All were created by Landmark Creations, and each ornament comes beautifully packaged in Landmark Creations' famous "Little Red Box".
This exquisite, hand painted blown glass ornament is designed to celebrate New Orleans and the Mississippi River. Steamboats use to rule the river in the days that cotton was king. Steamboats were both floating casinos and an efficient way to move products. This ornament brings the steamboat days back.
Tennessee Williams’ play, A Streetcar Named Desire, was published in 1947. During this era of post-war prosperity, buses and cars were taking the place of many New Orleans streetcars. Within just a few years, only two lines were left in New Orleans, the St. Charles and the Canal. This was quite a comedown from the streetcars’ heyday, when there were 28 lines. Back then, even the nocturnal “Owl” service, which ran from midnight until 5 am, was so popular that it prompted one visitor to exclaim, “New Orleanians must be human bats!” These streetcars seemed to capture the very essence and charm of New Orleans. Symbolically, just as Tennessee Williams’ rough Stanley Kowalski clashed with Blanche Du Bois’ Southern gentility, the harsh realities of modern life and technological progress almost put the remaining streetcar lines out of service. Fortunately, a group called the Streetcars Desired saved its beloved streetcar lines.
Available in Red (red sold out) and Green.
The French Quarter or Vieux Carré is the area of the city's original settlement established in 1718 by French explorer, Jean Baptiste Le Moyne. Destroyed by a devastating fire in 1788, 90% of the original Quarter had to be rebuilt. Since this time, it has gained a worldwide reputation for – among other things – its architecture, jazz musicians, and Mardi Gras revelry. Lined with lively and picturesque buildings, the narrow streets invite exploration. The architecture is a distinctive mixture of French and Spanish architecture featuring intricate wrought iron balconies. Today, the sidewalks provide a stage for the Quarter’s ubiquitous street musicians and Jazz is an integral part of the sounds of the Big Easy. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Mardi Claus is bejeweled in a Mardi Gras green and purple robe! He holds a mask in one hand and a horn in the other. Subtle and sophisticated, yet ready to party! What could be better, combining festive Christmas and Mardi Gras.
Bacchus, god of the grape, would be proud of the parade that bears his name every year. The Sunday before Mardi Gras is alive each year with "Throw me something mister" with the grand Bacchus parade. This hand blown ornament will keep that wonderful Sunday alive.
Internationally acclaimed mask artist, Michael Taylor, has been designing and sculpting masks since 1974. The brand on this mask means that it has been designed and made originally in leather by Michael Taylor costing $5,000 and more. Since 1974 his unique mask creations have been used in film, video, advertising and numerous publicity projects. He is mostly known for his association with New Orleans Mardi Gras and also in Venice and Rio de Janeiro. These beautiful production series wall masks are made of polyresin and hand painted.