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Melody Rose collaborates with art museum

British homeware brand Melody Rose launches exclusive collaboration with one of Europe’s leading art museums - The Wallace Collection

Designer Melanie Roseveare, of British homeware brand Melody Rose, has been commissioned by The Wallace Collection, to create a timeless range of fine bone china tableware and sumptuous textiles inspired by one of the museum’s superb Old Masters paintings.

Melanie chose to reimagine The Temptation of St Hillarion - a 19th Century painting by French artist Dominique-Louis-Féréol Papety - which she felt was in keeping with Melody Rose’s charming yet playful signature style.

“In the painting, St Hillarion is seen living as a hermit, lying on the ground outside his cave. He appears to subsist on a diet of root vegetables and water which may have caused him to have hallucinations – namely a visit by a topless seductress offering cascading fruits, wine and a sultry look,” says Melanie.

Deconstructing the painting and giving it a contemporary twist, Melanie celebrates the ‘temptation’ St Hillarion sees in his visions by depicting The Temptress and The Monk on a range of fine bone china including a teapot in two sizes, teacup and saucer, as well as small and medium size plates.

The collection also includes the Temptress and the Monk featured on a range of plump and luxurious velvet cushions in a choice of two bold colours – burnt orange and goblin blue - complete with gold tassels.

Each piece of china is hand crafted with the utmost care and attention by a third-generation pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, keeping at its heart the tremendous quality that has made Britain renowned for its ceramic heritage.

Durable enough for everyday use, the hand-applied 22k gilding and glorious detail of each piece also make them perfect for the grandest occasions.

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