The secret message of grass


Who could ever guess that the peaceful "Grass" design of this very rare Belleek cabaret set carries a secret message from turbulent times?


Belleek designs were all based on local Irish natural phenomena: the sea, shamrocks, grass, and the local river Erne full of trout and salmon. When Belleek started making porcelain, the first designers clearly made a choice not to go with the prevailing Victorian English fashion, but to make an Irish statement. Ireland had never had its very own world class factory; it was a great triumph for a colonised country that had been downtrodden as part of the British Empire and was still recovering from a devastating famine in the 1840s.