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New at The Kellogg Collection: Kew Pottery

There is a new line of pottery available at The Kellogg Collection that will make Anglophiles happy: hand-crafted Kew pots from London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew!

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Kew is not only one of the most beautiful gardens on earth, but it also boasts the world’s largest collection of living plants. Kew gardens have seen influences from British kings, queens, prices, princesses, dukes, lords and more since King Edward I built a manor house near its location in 1299. It was first adopted as a national botanical garden in 1840, though it was “formally started” in 1759.

From Kew's Facebook: The Order Beds and rose archway

From Kew’s Facebook: The Order Beds and rose archway

From Kew's facebook: The laburnum arch

From Kew’s facebook: The laburnum arch

Today, the 300 acres are home to 30,000 different plants – as well as several stunningly beautiful palaces, glass structures, and ornamental buildings.

From Kew Facebook: Palm House and Parterre, built 1844-8

From Kew’s Facebook: Palm House and Parterre, built 1844-1848

From Kew's Facebook: The Temperate House, built 1863

From Kew’s Facebook: The Temperate House, built 1863

From Kew's Facebook: "London's oldest and finest bluebell woods can be found in the Conservation Area, in the grounds around Queen Charlotte's Cottage, at Kew."

From Kew’s Facebook: “London’s oldest and finest bluebell woods can be found in the Conservation Area, in the grounds around Queen Charlotte’s Cottage, at Kew.”

From Kew's Facebook: Kew Palace. Built by a Dutch merchant in around 1631, it was later purchased by King George III.

From Kew’s Facebook: Kew Palace. Built by a Dutch merchant in around 1631, it was later purchased by King George III.

Now, you can have a pot from this beautiful and historic spot in your own garden! The Kellogg Collection works with the gardens’ exclusive American wholesaler.
 
“It is our wish to inspire you with elegant, hand-thrown pottery from the most prestigious Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in England, where shape, texture, color and beauty mold into one form.
 
“Each piece has a distinctive patina which represents hand-thrown bespoke craftsmanship with clean lines and classic proportions suitable for many uses whether in your home or on the terrace.”
 
Each pot is adorned with an official Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew seal:

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photo 1 (16)photo 2 (15)photo 3 (9)Once you take your new Kew pots home, fill them with lifelike botanicals, fruit, ornaments, or with living plants. Before you know it, you just might be on your way to having a garden that will rival Kew’s!
 
Note that the pottery is not frost-resistant and will need to be brought inside during colder months.
 
Product images (c) The Kellogg Collection and distributor

The Classic Quatrefoil Motif at The Kellogg Collection

The quatrefoil motif is one that appears on several pieces at The Kellogg Collection. Perhaps you think it is a lovely symbol, and perhaps you wondered if there was any symbolism or history behind it. It turns out there is quite a bit.

Strong overlap, little overlap, and barbed quatrefoil shapes

Strong overlap, little overlap, and barbed quatrefoil shapes. Via Wikipedia commons.

First of all, there isn’t a right way to do a quatrefoil. This symbol may appear with more overlap – which looks like a classic four leaf clover – or with less overlap. It may also appear “barbed” with inverted points. These are all considered to be quatrefoils.
 
The roots of this symbol extend to Christianity, though some say it may have Islamic roots. Today, its religious ties have lost importance as people of all denominations enjoy this pretty symbol in their homes, jewelry, and clothing today.

Quatrefoil detail in the Washington National Cathedral. Images via Facebook.

Quatrefoil detail in the windows of the Washington National Cathedral. Images via Facebook.

Cartier quatrefoil bracelet.  Image via Cartier.

Cartier quatrefoil bracelet. Image via Cartier.

Van Cleef and Arpels quatrefoil pieces. Screenshot via vancleefarpels.com.

Van Cleef and Arpels quatrefoil pieces. Screenshot via vancleefarpels.com.

We stock a lot of pieces at our shops with this beautiful and classic shape. It looks great in spaces that are traditional, as well as in spaces that are modern. Be sure to stop into one of our four shops to see these and other quatrefoil lamps, tables, mirrors and more you can bring into your home décor.

Quatrefoil Mirror

Quatrefoil Mirror

 

White Quatrefoil Mirrored Nightstand

White Quatrefoil Mirrored Nightstand

Round Quatrefoil Mirror

Round Quatrefoil Mirror

Quatrefoil Table Lamp

Quatrefoil Table Lamp

White Barbed Quatrefoil Mirror

White Barbed Quatrefoil Mirror

A quatrefoil vignette, as seen in the Richmond shop.

A quatrefoil vignette, as seen in the Richmond shop.

And of course, should you buy anything from The Kellogg Collection that can fit in a bag, you’ll be taking it home in our bag – which is covered in pretty green quatrefoils!

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