A dramatic iris relative from southern Africa that produces spires of deep violet, Artistea Capitate, has her blooms peppered around windows holding the iris Margot Holmes. Blooms of unearthly scarlet dazzle as standards and falls swirl like ruffled cotton over a blast of yellow Bobarati and pure-white crocuses curl and coil up from the base of the vase against a midnight ground. Circling under the ring of the vase, iris Margot Holmes blooms are raised up against an ivory body to reveal the unparalleled beauty of the glaze colour. This particular iris has special meaning for the British Iris Society, as it was the first to be awarded the prestigious Dykes Medal in 1927, when it was raised by Amos Perry, one of the most celebrated hybridisers of Beardless hybrid irises. The British Iris Society (BIS) was founded in 1922 and so a design to commemorate its centenary was created in an Art Deco style. A richly embellished design, accentuated by gleaming metal accents, Rachel’s Art Deco Iris plaque and vase gleam. Emerald-coloured leaves create the streamlined appeal of Art Deco design and sapphire-blue and amethyst standards rise up over synchronised curves mirroring the colours in the falls and leaves below. This year, the British Iris Society celebrate their 100th anniversary. The first irises appeared in Moorcroft’s Florianware designs in 1898 and, over a century later, the Moorcroft Design Studio work their own iris magic to create the inaugural British Iris Society Collection. Each design carries an additional special centenary British Iris Society impressed backstamp.
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