Belleek Classic Three Kings Set
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- Each king in our Three Kings Set from Belleek China stands alone. Balthazar measures 5.5 inches, Casper measures 4.7 inches, and Melchior stands at 7.3 inches.
- Our set of three kings is exquisitely detailed, with hand-painted faces and beards and intricately embossed patterns on the robes.
- Twenty-four-karat gold accents adorn our kings’ elegant crowns, shoes, and gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, adding luxurious sparkle to the entire set.
- Our Belleek Classic Three Kings Set is the perfect addition to the Classic Belleek Nativity Set (sold separately) or your own personal nativity scene for some additional variety.
- Trademarked and guaranteed flawless, our Three Kings set will make a wonderful Christmas gift and are sure to become a family heirloom.
Manufacturer: Belleek China
A perfect addition to any nativity, Belleek Pottery’s stunning Three Kings set is crafted from white parian china and decorated with pure gold. With heights ranging from 4.7 inches to 7.3 inches, the three individual figures of Balthazar, Casper, and Melchior are a lovely complement to Belleek’s classic Nativity set.
Though historians debate whether the three kings with their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh were actually present at the birth of Christ, the New Testament, as well as many songs and artistic depictions, has woven them firmly into the story of Jesus’ birth. The gifts themselves have an added spiritual significance, and they were all traditional presents given to kings at the time. Gold, of course, symbolized wealth, as it does today; frankincense (or incense in general) symbolized a deity; and myrrh, which was used as an embalming oil, symbolized mortality.
Each of Belleek’s three kings holds a tiny box or pot containing their offering for the baby Jesus. Intricate detailing highlights the three statues’ faces and the unique patterns and folds of their robes. Gleaming 24-karat gold ornaments their crowns, shoes, and jewelry. To add to the rich detail, all the features of their faces and beards are carefully painted by hand. All three are kneeling or bending to look at a central focal point—when paired with the Nativity set, all three of the Magi will gaze at the Christ child.
The statues are crafted from parian china, a form of porcelain invented in England in the mid-19th century, which looks like white marble, making it popular for creating figurines and statues. Belleek began using the medium in 1863 and quickly perfected their technique. The majority of the company’s most iconic items even today are made from parian. Because the parian is a liquid clay, it is ideal to pour into detailed molds and create intricate patterns and textures, unlike clay that is worked by hand.
Belleek has been producing fine china in Ireland since the mid-1800s, when the company’s founder, John Caldwell Bloomfield, inherited his father’s estate by the River Erne in County Fermanagh. Too aware of how the Famine had ravaged the area, Bloomfield hoped to establish a business that would bring prosperity to the town of Belleek. Together with his canny investors, he opened a pottery factory, and not long after, he convinced the expanding Irish railroad to build a station in the town, to make for easier transport of the company’s fine pottery to markets all over the country. Belleek’s popularity only grew, and even the English royal family made purchases of the elegant tableware. Many early Belleek porcelain items are currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, a testament to the company’s artistry and craftsmanship.
Though the company has grown over the years and offers many different lines of housewares, quality and tradition are Belleek’s main cares. As their items make for ideal family heirlooms, every piece must first be deemed without flaw before it is purchased or given as a gift. There are many checkpoints in place to ensure perfection—throughout each cup, plate, or bowl’s lifespan in the workshop, it undergoes at least four rigorous inspections. Any imperfect piece does not advance to the next step of production nor will it receive a Belleek trademark stamp, so you can rest assured that these soon-to-be Christmastime favorites are as well-made as they are beautiful.
Product Features We Adore
Strong porcelain that appears delicately sculpted from marble
Each figure is accented in 24 Karat gold leaf
Every face is rendered with exquisite detail, including skin tone and hair