Belleek Pottery was extremely proud and honoured to have been selected to create a specially commissioned gift for Her Majesty The Queen to celebrate the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.
The specially designed piece, an oval handled Basket, was presented to Her Majesty The Queen as a gift from the people of Northern Ireland to celebrate Her Diamond Jubilee, by First Minister Peter Robinson on the 27th June 2012.
The shape of the basket dates back to the 1890's and has not been made for a number of years. This unique basket has been inspired by wild flowers found in our local woodlands and hedgerows. There are several types of familiar wild flowers- Flax; Found in pastures, represents Irish linen industry. Bluebells; Found in deciduous woodlands. Honeysuckle; common in hedgerows and coastal rock faces. Primroses; winter flower usually in mountain areas and hedge banks. Fuchsia; found in hedges. Daisies; Found in grasslands. Wild Roses; Found in hedges. Hidden through the flowers are honey, bees, butterflies, ladybirds and dragonflies with a few of Belleek's trademark shamrocks and a lucky four leaf clover.
The basket has an inscribed disk on the reverse, painted in 24 carat gold numbered 1 of 1. It also has the unique Belleek Backstamp.
In response to demand from retailers and collectors at home and abroad, soon after the presentation to Her Majesty the Queen, a smaller replica of the china basket was launched. Just like the large basket presented to Her Majesty, the scaled down 8" replica is made entirely by hand in Belleek.
Both the original and replica Royal Gift Baskets, were designed by Claire Rowe and created by Belleek Master craftsman John Doogan.ENGRAVING AND INSCRIPTION INFORMATION Please allow up to 2 weeks for the engraving/ inscription process Shipment Times may differ depending on delivery address UK AND IRELAND ALLOW 2 WEEKS USA ALLOW 5-7 WEEKS (Sea Freight) Air Freight Option Available Within your special requirements, please include where you would like you inscription placed. If no Special Requirements added, all Engravings and Inscriptions will be done as standard If you require more information contact us @; firstname.lastname@example.org
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