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Denby Troubador

Denby Troubador

Another of my Denby favourites is “Troubador” (sic). You will also see it spelled Troubadour, but the first spelling is the original spelling by Denby.

Designed in the early 1970s.

It is beautifully simple and delicate pattern of superbly hand painted magnolias with leaves in soft greens and pale browns with the faintest touch of dusty pink, on a simple stone coloured stoneware.

I really like the forms of the 1960s – early 1970’s Denby – especially forms such as the bowls and plates in  this series.

Timeless but contemporary at the same time – and gaining popularity to a new generation currently.

The pattern, form design and quality production of this dinnerware is sadly almost non existent these days – apart from hand made studio pottery – which this most closely resembles.

Denby Troubador

Denby Troubador

Denby Troubador

Denby Troubador

Denby Troubador



Denby Troubador

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Selina #

    Hi Ray, love reading your page. I think these flowers are Hellebores, or Lenten/Winter Rose.

    Five petals, nodding heads, rounded buds, leaves with a pointed tip, and that distinctive green with a touch of burgundy/pink in the middle…what do you think?

    Hellebores grow well in a cool climate, and are much loved in England (and the Adelaide Hills!)


    May 14, 2018
    • Ray #

      Thanks Selina! , yes I think they are Hellebores too…lovely flowers…..It hadn’t occurred to me before but maybe calling the design troubadour was some sort of English rhyming thing 🙂 …..I cant think of any other reason.


      May 15, 2018
  2. Selina #

    That’s a good idea! Hellebore and troubadour pop up together on a “rhyming” website – there you go. I thought maybe “Troubadour” might be a variety of hellebores, but nothing came up on google. However, an old simple variety from the 60’s/70’s may well have passed into obscurity, I suppose. I really like this range of Denby now, as I think hellebores are lovely too! Cheers


    May 16, 2018

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