Created by renowned designer Anna Weatherley, this pierced oval dish features a cluster of delicate cherry blossom blooms still on the branch. The beautiful scalloped edge is accented by hand-painted gold detailing, and a vibrant spring blue highlights the individual pierced ovals encircling the dish. Green leaves at the edge of the blossom branches provide a beautiful compliment to the vibrant spring colors of this exquisite dish. Each piece features slight variations in color and flower placement.
About this Collection
The White House Historical Association has partnered with designer Anna Weatherley for an exquisite hand-painted porcelain Cherry Blossom Collection that features the delicate, iconic pink blooms of Washington, D.C. springtime.
The six-piece collection features beautiful cherry blossom branches and flowers that delicately wrap around the porcelain work. Each piece is hand-painted by master painters in Weatherley’s Budapest, Hungary studio. The pieces highlight the beautiful varied tones of the fleeting spring blooms, with the individually painted petals showing shades of white, pink, and even light purple depending on the light.
First Lady Helen Herron Taft dreamed of planting cherry trees along the Tidal Basin, just south of the White House, and in 1912 her wish was realized when 3,000 trees were gifted to Washington, D.C. by Tokyo, Japan Mayor Yukio Ozaki. Now more than 100 years old, the mature cherry trees are the inspiration for this elegant hand-painted porcelain collection.
This is the third collection Weatherley has designed for the White House Historical Association. Known for her delicate, masterfully painted floral pieces, Weatherley partnered with the Association to also create a new annual hand-painted porcelain Easter Egg; and the White House Gardens Collection, which features nine pieces including a large square cachepot, scalloped plate (four versions), square tray, small vase (two versions), and a small oval pierced dish. Inspired by flowers from the White House Rose Garden, the individual pieces feature meticulous painted tulips, Martigon lilies, columbines, and violas.