Amarula Cream has commissioned a top African artist to create an artwork for a limited-edition collectors' edition porcelain coffee cup and saucer. The elephant scene, by talented South African graphic artist and printmaker Motsamai Thabane, is featured on the saucer, but also reflected on the silver-coated cup to enhance the effect.
Bold and unmistakably African, the scene expresses elephants in an unspoiled savannah landscape. This is the first in the African collectors' series launched by the brand, with others to follow. The cup and saucer are sold as part of an Amarula Cream gift pack, available nationally from leading liquor retailers. Just one cup and saucer are presented in the pack, expected to retail for around R150.
The coffee cup collection showcases African talent and focuses on the taste compatibility of Amarula Cream and coffee, explains South African brand representative Christelle Bester. "The two flavours are sensational together and you can amplify the appeal by adding a swirl of chocolate."
Amarula is made from the wild-harvested marula fruit, indigenous to the continent, while coffee first grew in the wild in Ethiopia. "One widely-told tale of the discovery of the little brown bean is that in about the year 850, an Arabian goatherd noticed how lively his flock became after munching on wild-growing coffee berries, giving him the idea to try some too."
Thabane is well-known to South African art collectors and has exhibited with big names such as William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Norman Catherine, Colbert Mashile, Phillemon Hlungwani and also Paul Molete. A full-time collaborative printmaker at the now famous Artist Proof Studio (APS) in Johannesburg, he prints many of the works by the world-renowned Kentridge.
But the soft-spoken artist from Sebokeng has also developed an impressive following for his own work. He is an example of South Africa's new generation of gifted graphic artists.