The "War Dog" is the latest addition to Royal Crown Derby's collection of paperweights commemorating the service of military animals, and we thought should be represented in our V.E Day 75 Anniversary Collection in 2020
Designer, Sarah Whitehurst depicts a scene of trench warfare using sketched pencil strokes to create a sense of memory and reflection. The imagery powerfully emphasizes both the physical and psychological impacts of battle, but also the welcomed companionship that war dogs provided. Oversized Flanders field poppies adorn each side of this piece, adding strong scarlet colours whilst symbolizing both healing and remembrance. Inspired by World War II propaganda textiles, Sarah has concealed the words "lest we forget" around the base of the piece, which can be deciphered using a mirrored surface. "Mirror writing" was used on garments during the war allowing citizens to support the troops in another way. This had an immediate effect on the wearer who would be reminded of their patriotic duty, every time they glanced in a mirror.
Limited Edition of 500 with 22ct gold backstamp and certificate of authenticity.
Size 15.5 x 18 x 6.5cm
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