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Belleek Classic International Centrepiece

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The International Centrepiece was originally created for the Exposition Universelle de 1900, held in Paris from April 15th to November 12th 1900. It is a magnificent vase standing over 30"ierced details and decorated with an array of hand applied flowers. The vase stands on a pedestal with three Irish Wolfhounds linked, as if guarding the centrepiece. The piece impressive then as it is now, won a gold medal from the show's organisers as a piece of significant artistic merit. Anyone who has visited Belleek Pottery will recognise the original International Centrepiece. After the Paris Exhibition, the Centrepiece was returned to the Pottery. Since 1989it has been displayed in a secure glass case in the entrance area of the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre. To celebrate 155 years in business Belleek undertook the daunting task of reproducing a limited edition of five international Centrepieces, the first of which was unveiled at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre on 30th August 2012. Each piece comes with a special trademark stamp and certificate of authenticity. Reproduced using the original design moulds created by the Pottery's then Head of Design frederick Slater, the centrepiece has taken a handpicked team of Belleek's most experienced craftspeople over a year to create and an estimated 400 individual craftsman hours. The complex reproduction project has been led by Belleek's current Head of Design Fergus Cleary and has involved the making of new moulds and the creation of 50 separate pieces.The International Centrepiece is the most expensive item ever to be produced commercially by the pottery.