This Coronation Collection from Fortnum & Mason Celebrates A Moment In History With An Extraordinary Range of Glorious Things To Eat, Drink And Treasure Forever.
Fortnum’s Coronation Collection commemorates history with a regal assortment of treasures and edibles.
A Stunning Range of Delights: From tea, coffee, tipples and biscuits to commemorative keepsakes and elegant teaware to be treasured forever, Fortnum’s Coronation Collection celebrates a unique history page.
The Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III & Queen Camilla isn’t just the beginning of an era, and an historic moment in British history. It’s a time to celebrate the diversity and creativity, and the vibrant beauty of the natural world we share.
Inspired by the iconography of royal pageants and ceremonies through the centuries – and featuring a rich palette of regal colours, heraldic motifs, iconic typography, and a cast of gentle animals from the Commonwealth and beyond – Fortnum & Mason captured that same spirit in the designs found across the Fortnum’s Coronation collection.
The aim from the outset was to create something extremely special – designs which people would want to cherish for decades, and which would serve as joyful reminders of this significant moment in British history.
Crafted by José Lievens, a winemaker renowned for his pioneering use of sustainable practices and one of Champagne’s finest artisan-growers, Fortnum’s limited-edition Coronation Brut Reserve Champagne is reflective of His Majesty The King’s passion for nature and the environment. Bright, elegant and beautifully packaged in a commemorative gift box, this toastworthy keepsake is a perfect momento.
A celebratory loose leaf blend created to mark the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, the organic second flush Darjeeling blend is truly fit for a King.
Fortnum & Mason creative team has worked with a trio of exceptionally talented British artists, to create bold and elegant designs that expertly blend modernity and tradition – at once informed by the rich provenance and symbolism of past royal celebrations, but always far more than mere imitations.
“The fine artists we chose are rooted in traditional techniques that date back to the medieval times,” says Yvonne Isherwood, Fortnum & Mason Head of Product and Packaging Design. “They produce beautiful work that’s highly detailed, and that level of beauty was something we really wanted.
“I think people can look at the designs and just love it for the sheer beauty of it, or you can understand the story behind it. People look to us and expect that, and hopefully through this Coronation range, people will be able to celebrate in style.”
Jethro Buck, Fine Artist
A specialist in miniature painting, Jethro travelled to Jaipur, India, to learn the ancient, traditional techniques of Indian miniature painting, where hand-ground natural pigments are used to couple ornate details with emphatic colours. A graduate from the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts in 2014, Jethro’s work is a joyous exploration of the natural world’s flora and fauna and a celebration of its beauty.
Of the myriad designs Jethro has created for Fortnum & Mason Coronation Collection, perhaps the stand-out piece is Jethro’s incredibly beautiful peacock: a labour of love, rich in scope, detail and colour. A centuries-old symbol of royalty and nobility, the peacock’s feathers cascade not just around the body of our Coronation Musical Biscuit Tin, but cover the entirety of the tin’s lid, too. “[Creating these works] was a very co-operative process,” he says. “And I hope it just contributes to a celebratory atmosphere.”
Lucy Morrish, Fine Artist
It was the rich traditions and Arthurian Legends of Medieval Europe that cemented Lucy’s love for Icon painting and illuminated manuscripts. Painting with hand-made watercolour mineral and earth pigments on calfskin vellum and egg tempera on gessoed wooden panels, Lucy also specialises in traditional gilding techniques using 24 carat gold leaf.
Among the brood of magical beasts Lucy has created for Fortnum’s are the Imperial Egrets which grace (in both senses of the word) Fortnum & Mason Coronation Organic Darjeeling Tin, and the noble White Hart which can be spotted throughout The Coronation Collection.
Timothy Noad, Calligrapher & Heraldic Artist
A calligrapher, illuminator, heraldic artist and Scribe to HM Crown Office, Timothy was the perfect choice to create our Coronation typography. With an international reputation for elegant and meticulous work, made using both traditional and modern techniques, Timothy’s deep understanding of heraldry and symbolism shines through in his designs.
Timothy created the calligraphy which announces the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III & Queen Camilla, and he was also responsible for the beautiful crown that adorns many of Fortnum & Mason Coronation products: perhaps most notably, on the neck label of the celebration-ready English Sparkling Wine.