A Portmeirion Commemorative Mug For The Millennium. Limited Edition No 23.
This gorgeous commemorative mug features the Portmeirion Millennium Rose. Limited edition number 23.
The motif was painted by Susan Williams-Ellis as a commemorative range to celebrate the launch of the Millennium Rose and the new Millennium.
4.25 in (11 cm) tall
3.5 in (9 cm) diam
In 1999, inspired by her love of roses and friendship with David Austin, the world famous rose grower, Susan William-Ellis designed a new rose motif that she wanted to use for a series of limited edition collectors’ items to coincide with the creation of a Portmeirion garden at the Chelsea Flower Show and the approaching New Millennium. Available exclusively at Debenhams department store was a limited edition 9 inch luncheon plate with a run of 2000, an unlimited china bell and a candle. More unlimited items followed due to the popularity of the range, including a 12 inch, 10 inch and 8 inch plate. More trial items bearing the design appeared at the end of 1999 increasing the number of different Millennium Collection items to thirty in number.
This beautiful limited edition 9 inch plate, depicting the new ‘Portmeirion Rose’ and Susan’s signature, bears the number 0550 and comes in a presentation box with a Portmeirion certificate.
Although Portmeirion has produced commemorative and souvenir items since the early 1960's, they came into their own after purchasing a silk-screen printing machine in 1969. This enabled a quick turn round in producing new designs onto flat/cylindrical items. The Imperial tankards, one of Susan's early designs with its distinctive handle, were perfect for the job, as were the slip handled versions. In 1970 Susan designed her own 'Collectors Series' of mugs called 'A Year to Remember'. From 1970 to 1981 many companies, tourist attractions, organisations and groups ordered these personalised mugs. Some even submitted their own artwork to Portmeirion to produce. All of the commemorative designs for the Royal occasions were designed by Susan, John Cuffley and Catherine Rooke.
All of these commemorative mugs, some produced in fairly small quantities, are now quite collectable in their own right.