Portmeirion Botanic Garden Miniature Bread Crock.
This delightful miniature bread crock is treasured by Portmeirion collectors worldwide. This lovely item features the Hellebore as the motif.
This example is supplied in the original satin lined presentation box and so makes a lovely gift.
Supplied with a signed certificate of authenticity from Stephen McKay.
3 in (7.5 cm) tall
Portmeirion have been producing miniature items on and off for many years. In 1966 Susan decorated some travelling salesmen's miniature samples with her Favorite Horsemen and Pantomime Characters designs. In 1985 a range of twelve thimbles were created for The Thimble Collectors Club based in Surrey using miniature cut-down Botanic Garden motifs. In 1986 a range of bone china, lidded trinket boxes were produce using both Botanic Garden and Pomona designs. In 1992/3 a range of Christmas bells and ornaments enchanted the customers as did the famous Paul Cardew miniature novelty teapots and brooches. Appearing in 1996 were the enamelled and Portmeirion China hinged boxes. 1997 was a landmark year for Portmeirion, in that it was the 25th year that they had produced their incredibly popular Botanic Garden range. During that period, 1972-1997 it was estimated that they had produced approximately 25 million items! As Susan Williams-Ellis's most famous pattern, she decided to celebrate the anniversary by producing various limited edition commemorative ceramic souvenirs for their loyal customers. These included a wooden shadow box frame containing miniature teaset pieces and a superb china teaset and tray enveloped in a satin lined box. All of these teaset pieces are of the highest quality and detail and really are superb!