This second group of rose studies by Connoisseur includes two gallery-exclusive editions and a one-of-a-kind design by Diane Lewis.
The popularity of the lusciously colored Just Joey hybrid tea rose was anticipated by Connoisseur a decade before it was named ‘The World’s Favorite Rose’ in 1994. This 1984 limited edition of 100 debuted at $650 and was selling for $745 three years later. It is 4.25” high x 8″ wide (about 11cm x 20 cm.)
1986 saw the introduction of a series of miniature-rose studies designed by Aileen Burton; all were open editions. Four studies have been discovered but there may have been more. Retail pricing on the series may have been $295 but this is unconfirmed.
This is Dresden Doll. This is a repeat flowering miniature moss rose hybridized by Ralph Moore. Although the flower itself has no fragrance, the “mossing” on the buds is heavily scented of balsam.
The dramatic picotee Magic Carrousel was also a Ralph Moore introduction that has stood the test of time and is still popular more than 30 years later.
Coralin is another oldie-but-goodi miniature, having been hybridized in Spain by Pedro Dot in 1955. The cultivar name is sometimes misspelled as “Carolin.”
The fourth known miniature rose study is Yellow Doll but no photo is currently available. This is another Raph Moore hybrid, from 1962, and is an extremely fragrant bush rose growing less than one foot high.
Lady of the Sky, 5” high x 8” wide (12.5cm x 20cm), was an issue of 100 during the mid 1980s. It sold for $795 on a Spring 1989 retail price list.
This is the Queen Elizabeth Rose II, an edition of 100 from the mid- to late 1980s. It appears on two 1989 price lists: the spring issue at $995 and the autumn one at $1195. Dimensions are 5” h x 9” w x 6” d (12.5 cm x 23 cm x 25.25 cm.) This is not the same study as their 1983 Queen Elizabeth Rose, which is shown in Roses, Part One.
The Silver Jubilee rose was an edition of 100 priced at $750 in 1985. Dimensions are 5.75″ high x 12″ wide (14.5cm x 30.5 cm.) The fragrant, repeat-flowering hybrid tea entered the trade the year following Her Majesty’s 1977 Silver Jubilee.
In 1983 Connoisseur offered a nonlimited-edition single rosebud stem in a choice of four colorways, each colorway corresponding to an existing limited-edition study. These were priced at $150 each and came in a specially designed gift box.
The overall length is between 7″ and 7.5″ (about 18 cm.) The Pascali bud is white, My Love bud is red, Silver Jubilee bud is pink, and Mountbatten bud is yellow.
There can be slight variations in the backstamps of these rosebud stems; e.g., some may say “My Love Bud” and others may say simply “My Love.” Likewise the petals of some may be held more closely together than on others.
This study is known (to date) from a single eBay offering of almost ten years ago having only one photo. The brief description read only as: Artist Diane Lewis. “Jackie Kennedy”, Hope, Red and White Roses and so it’s unclear whether the name of the study is simply Jackie Kennedy or whether it includes the word/name Hope as well. I can find no online reference to a rose hybrid named after her directly so this study’s name is unconfirmed. If anyone can shed some light on this Connoisseur piece, there is a direct contact form on the About the Archive page; many thanks! Dimensions are 14″ x 7″ x 6″ (35.5cm x 17.75 cm x 15.25cm)
Possibly one of the very first Diane Lewis roses designed strictly for the American market is Pristine Morning, exclusively available at Brielle Galleries in New Jersey in 1980. An edition of 25 priced at $2650, it is 12″ high and 7.5″ wide (30.5 cm x 19 cm.)
Another Brielle exclusive was Grundy’s Lane the following year (1981) at $2150 as an edition of 50. It features the ‘Just Joey’ rose and is similar in size to Pristine Morning, being 11″ high and 7″ wide (28cm x 17.75cm)
A rose that has gone by another (but simultaneous) name is the Rose of York which was also titled in some studio advertising as the York Rose. It was an edition of 100, measuring 8″ high x 12″ wide (20.25cm x 30.5cm.) Its actual issue year (and actual name) is unknown at the moment because I’ve been unable to discover a photo of the backstamp which would solve both mysteries! (If anyone happens to have this, a clarification would be most welcome.) An undated 1980s retailer price lists it as “York Rose” for $1395. It appears in two undated Connoisseur brochures from the same period, one with a photo caption of “York Rose” and the other captioned “Rose of York”. The non-limited edition Rose of York Bud can be seen in Roses, Part One and I do have a backstamp photo of that, which lends weight to the limited edition’s official name having been the same; there is no issue year on the bud’s backstamp, however.
This lovely one of a kind Diane Lewis pink rose study is named Sheer Bliss; only one was made, in 1989.
Based on the backstamp markings the artists who created the piece were Diane Lewis (flower icon), Stephen Dalley (wagon wheel), and Peter Waltham (keyhole.) The identity of the artist who used the cat face icon is currently not known; a list of artist icons is supplied in the Iconography.
The following two rose studies are known but no image is available for them.
The Avocet rose was an edition of 50 priced at $950 during the mid-1980s, possibly introduced in 1985. A text-only description cites this study as being “a coral-orange bush rose (two roses plus four buds)” and standing 9.5″ (24cm) high.
Superstar Rose also dates from the mid 1980s, priced at $850 at the time, and was an edition of 200. No further information was provided.
See also Connoisseur Roses, Part One for additional rose studies.
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