A Portmeirion Botanic Garden Framed Test Reference Tile, Venus Fly Trap, Designed By Susan Williams-Ellis.
These rectangular tiles were used in the Portmeirion Factory to test many things in preparation for or even during the length of time that the particular range was in in production for. Colour, positioning, size, quality, all checked to perfection before full production ensued. Normally kept as archive material for past and future reference, this tile is a pure piece of history of Portmeirion Pottery. This is a slice of Susan Williams-Ellis’s pure genius, professionally framed to perfection in a shadow box, mirroring the brand colours of the company and enhancing the uniqueness of this amazing tile.
These are a true collectors item for any serious collector of Portmeirion Botanic Garden. This shadow box framed tile looks so stylish, a true work of art.
Supplied with a certificate of authenticity signed by Stephen McKay.
20.5 in (52 cm) x 18 in (46 cm) x 1.75 in ( 4 cm)
So impressed was Susan with the floral transfers made for her Mother's Day Plate in 1971, she decided to start collecting antique drawings and illustrations of plants, butterflies and insects with which she could decorate a new range of pottery. Susan called the design Botanic Garden and in 1972 produced it on a new shape of ware called Drum, which was based on the Meridian shape. The African Daisy was the first of many flowers to be incorporated into the range where different flower motifs appeared on each piece. Botanic Garden was, and now after over 40 years still is, one of the world's most successful pottery designs and forms half of Portmeirion's turnover. It really is a timeless and beautiful design. The now iconic, green leaf pattern that forms the border on the range, became part of Portmeirion's company logo and now appears on all of their products.