New limited-edition pieces added to the Diamond Jubilee china range
Three new limited-edition pieces have been added to the official range of commemorative china to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. They are a cake stand (£395), limited to 250, a lionhead bowl (£250), limited to 500 and an ornamental urn (£495), limited to 250. It is the first time the Royal Collection has included a cake stand in a commemorative range. All three pieces have been entirely handmade from specially created moulds, based on traditional styles of English china from the potteries in Staffordshire. Further limited-edition pieces will be added to the range over the next few weeks.
Nuala McGourty, Retail Director at the Royal Collection, said, ‘Because of the high demand for specialist Diamond Jubilee china, we have developed more limited-edition pieces for this commemorative range than any other. The cake stand was inspired by a 19th-century piece in the archives in Stoke-on-Trent. To create the production moulds, it was modelled from scratch using the traditional method of hand-carving in plaster.’
The official Diamond Jubilee china is made for the Royal Collection in Stoke-on-Trent, using methods that have remained unchanged for 250 years. Each item is individually cast, hand decorated, then embellished with several layers of raised, burnished gold, before a final layer of gilding in 22-carat gold is applied, again by hand.