A Portmeirion China Miniature Hinged Soup Tureen in Pomona Design, By Susan Williams-Ellis.
This delightful rare miniature soup tureen is so cute. It is in the Romantic Shape from The Pomona range and features various fruit motifs. Made by Paul Cardew, famous in his own right for the fabulous range of novelty teapots he produced in conjunction with Portmeirion.
3.25 in (8 cm) to top of the knob
2.75 in (7 cm) handle to handle
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!
In the 1980's, Susan Williams-Ellis decided that a new shape of pottery was needed to add to the existing ranges, and something that was a little more curvier than the cylindrical forms that she had been using since the 1960's. Her inspiration for this new shape came from a visit to an Ibizan museum, laying eyes on a second century Carthaginian cup and combining this with a poppy seed head. After working her magic, the Romantic shape was born. Having been collecting old colour illustrations of fruit for several years as a possible follow-on design from Botanic Garden, Susan decided fruit would be perfect for this new Romantic shape. In 1982 Pomona, (so named as Pomona was the Goddess of Fruit), was launched to great acclaim and for many years was second only to the best selling Botanic Garden pattern. The range of beautifully illustrated fruit depicted includes apples, plums, cherries, grapes, apricots, gooseberries and redcurrants.