THE LION'S MOUND SYMBOLISES STRENGTH AND PRIDE AND IS INSPIRED BY A STATUE BASED AT THE SITE OF THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO
Modelled in the UK by Andrew Edwards, this sculpture of the Lion’s Mound is inspired by the monument built by King William I of the Netherlands to mark the spot where his son, who became King in 1840, was injured. The massive cast iron Lion statue, Leeuw van Waterloo, is on the top of a huge mound, some 43 metres in height, and was sculpted by Jean-François Van Geel.
The Lion was chosen as it symbolises courage and is one of the heraldic beasts from the coat of arms of the Netherland’s Royal Family. The sphere under the Lion’s paw represents the peace in Europe achieved by the victory at Waterloo, bringing to an end over 20 years of conflict and heralding 50 years of peace.
Royal Doulton’s master painters, Chris Jackson and Tom Mason (shown below), have developed a distinctive decorative look for the Lion's Mound, using a historic technique called scrumbling to create a marble effect for the sculpture. In this process the surface of the lion is flooded with ceramic colour and the pigment is pushed into the deep creases of the model. Excess pigment is then carefully removed with a large brush to leave a soft hue over the body of lion with deeper shades in the folds. Jagged lines are painted on with a brush and the detail is then worked with a special oil to disperse the colour so that each line softly fades away. Every lion will be painted by hand in this manner so the decorative detail on each sculpture will be unique.
The Lion’s Mound is made of bone china and is issued in a limited edition of 1000.