Royal Doulton “Festival”, Lambeth Stoneware 1974
In 1974, Royal Doulton updated the concept of its original Lambethware stoneware from the turn of the century and created a casual tableware brand called “Lambeth Stoneware” – it was tough, durable, detergent and dishwasher proof and had strong public appeal. Other than the name though, it had no connection to the original Lambeth stoneware which closed in 1956 (and which was very different in nature)
The new series was well designed with rounded forms and a country style charm which was popular at the time. It is long lasting and as tough as nails like a lot of the stoneware dinnerware series of the time.
There were a large number of patterns released, but I have not been able to locate a list of them – and I continue to be surprised when I come across another charming pattern from the series I haven’t seen before.
Two of the most popular seem to be “Tangiers” and “Basque” (which I have written about previously)…and recently I came across this charming pattern called “Festival”, produced 1975-1979. It features fruits, leaves and berries in blues and violets outlined in navy blue.
The forms of this series seem to work best when a white glaze is used with a strongly coloured pattern, as in this design. It gives them a more timeless, less dated appearance than ones such as “Basque” with its dark muted tones.