Moorcroft Diamond Queen Vase
Diamond Queen: Once again, it is the colourful floral emblems of Great Britain that are the source of inspiration for designer, Nicola Slaney, as she allows our flowers to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by fusing each of them into a gentle geometric design structure created with reference to each flower’s natural height. The deep burgundy-coloured rose hangs from the shoulders of the vase before reaching up towards a rich, matriarchal purple, diamond-shaped thistle which cleverly mirrors a second thistle at the base of the vase. The design is, in part, a peaceful tribute to the rose, a flower which has its origins in the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485) while the legendary thistle of Scotland, was first used in the 15th Century as a symbol of defence. The rose is entwined into two stylized shamrocks and connects either side to welsh daffodils. The Moorcroft designer allows her daffodil to become the central image which enables their soft-yellow trumpets to salute her Majesty with order and dignity of form. Interestingly, the daffodil is said to have been brought to Bardsey Island in North Wales, the island of a thousand saints, to enable the flowers to light up the path to the churchyard along the ancient pilgrims’ way. A floral tribute, we like to think, divinely orchestrated for her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, a truly great and much-loved Queen.