Portmeirion Originals Malachite Soup Tureen and Cover.
Designed by Susan Williams-Ellis, with 22ct gold decorative gilding. This is number 35 of a limited edition of 50 in a presentation box with certificate.
This superb soup tureen was made by Portmeirion as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations in 2010. There were only 50 of these tureens ever made and this one is numbered 35. It was inspired by the Susan Williams-Ellis pattern Malachite. This was a very successful pattern which is still highly sought after by collectors today.
The tureen carries a unique Portmeirion backstamp to the base and shows the number from the edition. It comes with the original certificate which explains some of the history of the Portmeirion factory and production of this tureen.
It is in excellent, new condition, only removed from box for the photographs. This will be a real statement piece for your Portmeirion collection.
The original list price was a four figure sum, making this a rare opportunity to purchase this fabulous item for a reasonable price .
The value of this tureen will increase in years to come as there are only 50 in the world making them very rarely offered for sale.
Supplied with a signed certificate of authenticity from Stephen McKay.
9 in (23 cm) tall to top of lid knob
11.5 in (29 cm) handle to handle
6.75 in (17 cm) wide
This sumptuous and exotic Malachite range was designed by Susan Williams-Ellis in 1959 after she had spent time studying the semi-precious mineral in the Natural History Museum in London. She also applied her opulent design to carpets and textiles that were produced and used in her father's hotel in Portmeirion. Those same items along with her complete range of amazing Malachite pottery, including the extraordinary tureen and goblets were officially launched in her Pont Street Portmeirion shop, London on 10th May 1960. Susan's hand painted Malachite pattern was produced as sheet transfers and applied over the whole of the items. They were then heavily gilded with gold lustre where the transfers were tricky to apply satisfactorily. This range was incredibly labour intensive, very expensive to produce and meant for cabinet displays rather than usable items and was not produced for very long, making it one of THE pieces a collector searches for!