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Villeroy Boch Acapulco

Acapulco Trio

Villeroy Boch Acapulco

“Acapulco” released by Villeroy & Boch in 1967  is one the brightest and most colourful dinnerware patterns of the 20th Century, and is still highly popular on the secondary market. The design was in production until 1994.

It inspired many look alike designs by other companies riding on its popularity.

This colourful and now iconic design was created by Christiane Reuter – said to be inspired by paintings she saw on a visit to Mexico.

Acapulco Casserole

Acapulco Casserole

The body or forms the design is on is called “Milano” , designed by Ludwig Scherer, and these forms were used for a number of designs by Villeroy Boch between the 1960s -1990s including “Scarlett”, “Cadiz” and “Granada”. “Scarlett” was designed by Reuter, but I can not find a list of other designs she produced for V&B during this period.

Acapulco Trio

Acapulco Trio

Acapulco Casserole Detail

Acapulco Casserole Detail

Acapulco Setting at an Auction

Acapulco Setting at an Auction

The blue backstamp on Acapulco is from the early years, and the brown backstamp from the 1980s until production ceased. Given its huge popularity, the design was re-worked and released on new forms, and altered designs c2000 as “New Wave” . The term “dishwasher safe” was added in 1992, and “microwave safe” in 1993. You may also find other variations of these backstamps.

Acapulco - Earlier Stamp

Acapulco – Earlier Stamp

Acapulco - Later Stamp

Acapulco – One of the Later Stamps

Acapulco was one of the most successful of V&Bs ranges and remains one of its most sought after and collected patterns.

The V&B “Acapulco” brochure images below are from the Flickr page of Nicola which you can find HERE – on the page you can also see the enamel ware produced to compliment this series.

Acapulco Advertising Brochure

Acapulco Advertising Brochure

Acapulco Advertising Brochure

Acapulco Advertising Brochure

Acapulco Advertising Brochure

Acapulco Advertising Brochure

Acapulco Advertising Brochure

Acapulco Advertising Brochure

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. jacques #

    is acapulco service nog te verkrijgen?

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    February 11, 2018
    • Ray #

      Hello Jaques, no it is no longer in production. It comes up online on Etsy etc. regularly, but is very popular (making it quite expensive some times)

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      February 11, 2018
  2. Karen Fenton #

    Hi,
    Thank you for the interesting article.
    Do you know if all blue and brown stamp Acapulco dinnerware items are dishwasher safe?
    Regards
    Karen

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    July 3, 2018
    • Ray #

      Hi Karen – a question I get asked a lot about many different designs. I haven’t seen any Acupulco with a “Diswasher safe” stamp…but even if it was stamped “dishwasher safe” my view is that any collectable (and expensive) dinnerware design like this I wouldn’t recommend putting in a dishwasher regularly – as dishwasher detergent is caustic.

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      July 3, 2018
      • Karen Fenton #

        Ray,
        Thank you for your reply.
        Karen

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        July 4, 2018

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