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.
Royal Doulton “Iris” V1346
Sometimes there are designs which you come across which are simply blindingly beautiful, and this happened when I saw this design as a set for the first time.
I don’t collect or buy a lot of Royal Doulton, but I do really like some of their series from the first half of the 20th Century, in particular from the Art Deco Era.
This is the era in which Doulton created some outstanding designs which were popular for decades to follow.
The pattern is “Iris” V1346, which was manufactured between 1937 and 1940 – officially not in the Art Deco Era – but such an archetypal art deco design with its design of an Iris. The angles and forms are also an identifier of the Art Deco era.
The shapes I think are actually very similar to Royal Copenhagen of the same period – like Fensmark and Quaking Grass.
The hand painting on this set is exquisite, as is the use of colour and line. Each piece is like a work of art and it’s fascinating to see how it all fits together – e.g. when the cup is on the plate how the shapes and design relate to each other so well.