Waterford Jim O'Leary Hibernia Two Piece Centerpiece Designed by Jim O'Leary.
Waterford Designer Studio Hibernia 2-Piece Centerpiece by John Connelly
$4,500.00 H: 13 1/2"

Item# 154183
Limited Edition of 50 pieces!

Jim O'Leary, Design Director and global spokesperson, celebrated his 50th Anniversary at Waterford Crystal in 2010. The inspiration for this special anniversary collection came from the magnificent architecture of the Georgian period of 18th century Dublin, known as "The Age of Exuberance", when everything had not only to be functional but beautful. The main motif has been insired by the Fanlight over the Dublin Doors of Merrion Square. The elegant fanlight was so designed to allow the light from within to pour out on to the street to light the way of the owners returning from their places of work and also provide a warm welcome to arriving guests. The motif captures the magnificent sparkle of the cut crystal and is equally a metaphor for the warmth that Jim exudes to his patrons and vice versa.

W: 12 1/2" x H: 13 1/2"

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For centuries the Irish have been supreme artists in glass. It is one of the great traditions in the realm of art, a tradition founded on patient and meticulous hand craftsmanship.The skill of Irish hands is only part of the story - there is also an uncanny power in those hands to impart something magical to glass. And in all of Ireland, no hands have been more patient, more meticulous, or more blessed with the elusive powers of art than the hands of Waterford crystal's craftsmen. When the brothers George and William Penrose founded the Waterford Glass House in 1783, they made a bold promise - to make Waterford crystal in "as fine a quality as any in Europe in the most elegant style."

It was no idle boast. They had in hand the old secrets of mingling minerals and glass to create Waterford crystal of beautiful and mysterious qualities. It sang sweetly at the tap of a finger. It felt soft and warm to the touch yet possessed strength and durability known only to Waterford crystal. And it radiated a distinctive, silvery white brilliance, which Waterford Crystal's artists enhanced with deeply - cut ornamentation that gave the finished pieces a vivacious, traditional Waterford crystal sparkle.

This great tradition lay dormant for a hundred years. But when Irish independence rekindled a passion for Irish arts in the 1940s and 1950s, a group of businessmen resolved to bring back to life the industry that had made the city of Waterford famous. They recruited a small band of hand - picked artists, and under the guidance of these masters, young apprentices learned the intricacies of the art of crysta l. In a few short years Waterford Crystal reclaimed its pride of place. Once more, it is the customary gift for royalty and heads of state. Patience, skill, and artistry had wrought a triumph at Waterford crystal.

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