About this Piece
The "Belleek Masterpiece Collection" is a celebration of the craft of creating Belleek and the wonderful legacy of great and varied design styles since the company was founded, over one hundred and sixty years ago, in 1857.
A laurel wreath is a symbol of victory and honour. It is believed that the wreath dates back to ancient Greece & Rome, where members of Greco-Roman society would hand-make ring-shaped “wreaths” using bay leaves, small fruits & flowers.
The wreath symbolises the crown, whether it be for martial victory and a successful leader after his triumph or as the prize for an ancient Olympian. Some Universities still crown their graduates with a Laurel wreath as a sign of their achievements and ambition, hence the term ‘Laureate’.
This 10” Round basket reflects the complete ring which is the more modern shape for the Laurel wreath compared to the ancient horseshoe shape. Bay leaves are used as the base of the design, still popular today as a seasoning in cooking and found as small potted trees in gardens. The small ‘Valentine’ flowers are inspired from the Mountain Laurel found in California. Each flower is finely hand painted with tiny pink dots on a white ground, and the buds painted using mother of pearl.
His Masterpiece Laurel Basket has been beautifully hand crafted by the skilled craftspeople at Belleek Pottery. This Basket has been through the famous 16 hand process to get to you today. Part of the 2019 Masterpiece Collection this Masterpiece Basket comes with a unique stamp making it an extra special gift this year.
Product measures: 26.7cmD x 5.7cmH. This product comes in a stunning Belleek gift box.
About the Maker
Belleek Pottery is located in the quaint village of Belleek in Co. Fermanagh on the banks of the River Erne. Established in 1857 this brand holds a very special place in Ireland's cultural and commercial heritage as they have produced more than 100,000 beautiful pottery gifts each year. Each piece of Traditional Belleek passes through 16 hands to make them unique by using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation for over the last 160 years.
The Belleek Group comprises world renowned gift and tableware brands of Belleek Classic, Belleek Living, Galway Irish Crystal and Aynsley China and has a worldwide reputation for quality and craftsmanship.