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.
Royal Doulton Lambeth Stoneware “Festival” Milk Jug – Photo Ray Garrod
Royal Doulton Lambeth Stoneware “Festival” Cup and Saucer, Photo via “Vintageoak” on Etsy
Royal Doulton Lambeth Stoneware “Festival” – Lidded Sugar Bowl, Photo Ray Garrod
This lovely Art Deco design is from Royal Doulton c1914 from their “D” series of dinnerware.
Called “Kay” the design features a charming hand painted design in an Art Deco style, in blue overglaze on plain creamware//earthenware.
Pieces in this design don’t seem to have survived well if used, as the eathenware or “creamware” base is quite “soft”, and easily prone to chipping, crazing, cracking etc. However considering the year this was released, at the start of World War 1, industry would have been facing some very tough times.
You can work out the production dates from these “D” series wares from Doulton 1899 to 1964 on the link here
Royal Doulton Kay 1914
Royal Doulton Kay 1914
Royal Doulton, Atlantis 1973
Royal Doulton released some great dinnerware patterns in the 1970s, and this is one of them.
It is “Atlantis”, which had quite a short production period from 1973-1978. To date I haven’t been able to identify its designer – who appears to have designed some of the other designs at Doulton during this period.
It is sometimes referred to by its pattern number “TC 1098”.
“TC” stands for translucent china – and is the first part of the stamp found on dinnerware from 1960 on. It is a translucent white porcelain manufactured without the use of bone ash, and could be manufactured at a much lower cost than that of bone china.
The decorative pattern on Atlantis, with its flourishes and curves reminds me a bit of French Art Nouveau designs by Alphonse Mucha and the like.
The design was complimented with the teapot/coffee pot and other lidded vessels like the casserole dish having a very dark navy blue lid.
I like the shape of the bowls as well with their square line design which is complimented by the addition of a nicely shaped foot detail.