A Basket of Flowers
If you have followed my work, you will know that I love the 19th Century Belleek items. There is nothing quite as fine and light as this wonderful "egg shell" porcelain from County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland.
Today I am showing an item I have never shown yet: a porcelain basket. Belleek became very famous for these baskets, which are "woven" in porcelain and then decorated with beautiful flowers - in fact they still make them today!
The basket you see here is of extraordinary quality and craftsmanship. It has a beautiful greyish pearl lustre finish and hardly any damage.
And a nice detail on this is the flowers themselves... and there is a story to them.
You can see roses, thistles and shamrocks; these are the symbols of the "Union" that created the United Kingdom. The rose stands for England, the thistle for Scotland and the shamrock for Ireland. It is also a sign that this basket was made for the British and protestant Irish market. Belleek was, and still is, quite unique in the sense that the factory literally stands on the border between Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom) and the Republic of Ireland, and serves both the catholic and protestant population of the island.
You can find this wonderful item in my shop, as well as many other treasures. Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week!
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