Belleek Classic Shamrock Lace Pierced Votive
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- Our votive holder is sold individually and includes one tea candle. It measures approximately 4.25 inches by 3.5 inches.
- Each tiny shamrock that decorates our candle holder is painted by hand, making each votive holder one-of-a-kind.
- Small shamrock-shaped piercings will allow candlelight to shine throughout the room, creating a cozy and inviting glow.
- All Belleek items pass the company’s 16 Hands process, in which they are handled and examined by 16 different workers, before being sold.
- The shamrock and lace designs honor Irish legend and artistic tradition, making our votive a wonderful centerpiece in any Irish home.
Manufacturer: Belleek China
A perfect housewarming or Christmas present, this stunning lace and shamrock votive holder will add soft, flickering light to your living room or table. Belleek’s elegant design pays tribute to two Irish historical traditions, lacemaking and the famous shamrock.
The shamrock has been Ireland’s unofficial national symbol for as long as anyone can remember. Many believe that the association between the three-leaf clover and the Emerald Isle began with Saint Patrick, who is rumored to have used the tiny plant to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Celts. Whether or not this theory is true, many images of Saint Patrick depict him holding his staff in one hand and the shamrock in the other, and today it is the most popular St. Paddy’s Day decoration.
The shamrock is not to be confused with the four-leaf clover, however. Though the latter has many positive associations with luck (and phrases like “the luck of the Irish” only add to the confusion), it is the three-leaf clover that many devout Christians were said to wear on the feast of Saint Patrick. In the 19th century, the shamrock became a symbol of revolution and of the hope for an independent and united Ireland. Many ballads mourning Ireland’s subjugation under British rule used the shamrock as a metaphor for the Emerald Isle. Today, of course, it is a globally-recognized signifier of Irishness, and it appears on jewelry, on flags, on clothing, and even on pint glasses.
Irish lace has a less well-known tradition than the shamrock, but it is no less vibrant. In the 18th century, crochet and needlepoint lace making became popular industries for young women across the country to support their families. Different towns and counties established their own schools for teaching the techniques to the local women, and thus, different regional styles of lace emerged, each named for their town or county of origin. Today, we may not be able to tell Carrickmacross lace from Kenmare lace, but Irish lace overall has remained a venerated staple of elegant clothing design, especially for wedding dresses. Even Princess Grace of Monaco wore Irish lace on her wedding day to Prince Rainier III in 1956.
Since the mid-1800s, Belleek has crafted fine pottery for display and for daily use in the company’s County Fermanagh factory, making each and every one of their pieces a testament to Irish artistic heritage. Though their pottery is immensely popular, they do not skimp on standards; every single item of Belleek china is examined several times for flawlessness before it is deemed appropriate to sell. After all, they have royal tradition to uphold—Queen Victoria of England was such an aficionado of Belleek’s early parian china that she ordered several sets of tableware and other ornaments.
Our cleverly designed candle holder was created by Belleek designer Catherine Townshend, and it is embellished with very delicate lace embossing that displays a shamrock pattern. Like many of Belleek’s iconic pieces, it is a cream colored porcelain, and it is adorned with tiny hand-painted shamrocks and stems. Tiny cutouts that mimic a shamrock’s three leaves allow candlelight to shine and flicker warmly, making it a cozy decoration on any holiday dinner table or any time you want to pay homage to the Irish traditions of hospitality and arts and craft.
Product Features We Adore
Painted by Hand
Beautiful and one-of-a-kind brush strokes unique to every piece
Embossed Lace Design
Reflecting a centuries-old tradition of Irish lace making
Pierced Light Holes
Ideal for allowing candlelight to softly shine