A Portmeirion Llanelli Ware Hand Painted 8.5 Inch Dessert Plate.
A beautiful dessert plate featuring the hand painted Llanelli blue Cockerel with a blue sponged border. This lovely hand painted plate was painted by Helen Cooper. These plates are incredibly rare and all uniquely individual.
This plate carries the Pugh Brothers 1893 - 1993 anniversary backstamp
There is a blue glaze smudge on the plate, please see photographs.
Supplied with a signed certificate of authenticity by Stephen McKay.
8.5 in (21.5 cm) diam
Formerly a paintress at Wedgewood, Margaret Brian, a lithographer at Portmeirion, set up a hand painting department at the factory in the early 1990’s, creating a team of very skilled handpaintresses known as ‘The Longton Ladies’. They created many new designs including ‘Mandarin’ for John Lewis, ‘Lemon Grove’ for Harrods and ‘Orchard Fruits’ for Lawleys. Many more designs followed including ‘The Lanelli Cockerel’, ‘Summer Fruits’, ‘Peach Tree’, ‘Sweet Pea’, ‘Barnyard’, ‘Portmeirion Dolphin’, ‘Magnolia’ and ‘Kitchen Garden’. The quality of the work by ‘The Longton Ladies’ was far superior to anything available in the United Kingdom at that time but the department was closed in the spring of 1997 due to company re-structuring.
This highly collectable, limited edition, hand painted 8 inch plate, bearing a stylised yellow rose, was made by one of by ‘The Longton Ladies’ specifically for sale in the world famous American Department store Macey’s in 1996 and comes in a presentation box.