Alongside tartan, kilts and bagpipes, the wonderfully characterful Highland Cattle have come to symbolise the country of Scotland. With their long horns and their shaggy coats they have a combination of calmness, hardiness and stoicism that is well suited to their native land. While Highland Cattle are found in a variety of colours and shades – and many of the earliest examples of the breed were black – it is the gingery red coat that predominates and is most closely associated with the breed.
Patiently enduring everything that the highland climate can throw at them, Highland Cattle are prized for their docility and were often kept as house cows by small farmers to provide both milk and meat.
Bronte’s Highland Cattle Bowl captures perfectly the personality of these beautiful beasts. On the 360mm (14 inch) diameter Elmley Bowl, cast in fine bone china, the artist evokes a highland setting with its castle, loch and heather, in which a herd (or ‘fold’) of cattle patiently stand or lie. The most careful brushstrokes evoke the texture of their shaggy coats and the sharpness of their distinctive horns, as well as the landscape around them. The design will require several applications of colour to complete, and the bowl will be fired in the kiln after each, before the finishing touch of a band of 22 carat gold around the rim and foot is applied and the piece is fired for the last time. It’s also possible to apply a personalised inscription to the base of the bowl if you wish.
Bowl Height: 115mm
Bowl Diameter: 360mm
Painted by Tony Young