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Patricia Breen

Published: August 31, 2021
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In the early nineties, an authentic cottage industry was born in Krakow, Poland, with products that have grown to be highly coveted and acclaimed by collectors. It was in just two rooms and a bathtub that Patricia Breen Designs got their start. After college and wanting to make a difference, Eric Shaikewitz and wife Patricia Breen, went to Poland with MBA Enterprise Corp., similar to the Peace Corps - but giving help and support to local businesses. Living in Poland, the couple searched for Polish glass for their collection and to give as gifts. They found the old pieces of glass were quite beautiful, but the quality of the new glass ornaments that were being produced was poor and mass-produced.

patricia breen santa

A Post-Dispatch article quotes Breen: "They (Polish Factories) prided themselves on the fact that they were mass-producing things: it was a yardstick, a milestone for them. But there was no attention to detail. I realized a craft was being lost."

Christmas ornaments

Breen became interested in designing ornaments and working with the glass factories. Unfortunately, the glass factories were not really interested in working with someone that wanted quality instead of quantity. This turned out to be fortunate for collectors, as Breen and Shaikewitz went to work producing their own glass ornaments and now make their home in Poland.

Breen comes up with the wonderful ideas and Shaikewitz (who has a background in art) sculpts the models. From the very fine micro-glitter, to the impressive detail in the painting and embellishments, there is no escaping the fact that their Christmas ornaments are more than glass ornaments, but have evolved into miniature works of art.

Neiman Marcus

Breen sold her first few pieces to the St. Louis Art Museum, and the next year her ornaments were introduced to the rest of the country in the 1995 Neiman Marcus catalog.

Today the ornaments are still carried in select Neiman Marcus stores, as well as their catalogs. Gumps and Bergdorf Goodman also carry the ornaments, along with a limited number of retailers across the country. Only twenty different stores currently carry the Patricia Breen Designs.

Exclusive collection

Although the molds are limited to 2000 pieces, many ornaments are even more exclusive than that. At the autumn signings, Breen introduces a few pieces exclusively designed for each "signing" store. For instance in 2001 each store that had a collector's event, had a variation of the Into The Blue Hot Air Balloon ornament for purchase. Of course the enthusiastic collectors usually try and get all the different variations through furious trading or buying on eBay auctions.

Popular themes

  • Christmas
  • Halloween
  • Other designes

Patricia Breen value and price guide

What's your Patricia Breen worth in 2022? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
Patricia Breen Patricia Breen Maker Silver Patricia Breen Maker Silver Blue Peacock 10/2021 $525
Patricia Breen PATRICIA BREEN 2021 NEIMAN PATRICIA BREEN 2021 NEIMAN MARCUS SOLD 10/2021 $410
Patricia Breen Patricia Breen For Colin 5075 Patricia Breen For Colin 5075 Peacock 12/2021 $449
Patricia Breen RESTRICTED 2021 SOLD OUT NM RESTRICTED 2021 SOLD OUT NM TYSONS BLACK 11/2021 $445
Patricia Breen Patricia Breen Pendant Pearl Patricia Breen Pendant Pearl Jewel 11/2021 $424
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