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.
P. Ipsens Enke Denmark, Dekorativglasur
Below are 2 pieces of P. Ipsen’s Enke Pottery I purchased some time ago. Until I saw these pieces in person, I thought this style was far too garish and brightly coloured.
However in real life the colours are more subtle and elegant, and the quality of the pieces (even though slipcast) really comes through. My favourites in this style are the multi handled vases like the one pictured with its sweeping Art Nouveau curves and styling.
This glaze colour and style is known as “Dekorativglasur” (Decorative Glaze) and is the style that this Danish Pottery is probably most recognised by.
Ipsen’s Pottery established in 1843 by potter Rasmus Peter Ipsen (1815-60) from Bornholm. Peter died early and his widow Louise Ipsen continued what her husband had started – and the factory became known as Ipsens Enke (Ipsen’s Widow). Their eldest son Bertel Ipsen (1846-1917) who also became a potter took over the running of the pottery in 1865.
Bertel Ipsen is the one who developed this blended and brightly coloured matte glaze referred to as “Dekorativglasur “ around 1910. It became hugely popular, and continues to be popular to this day amongst collectors – although it seems to be better known outside of Denmark these days.
Many iconic Danish potters and designers started off or worked for periods at Ipsen’s, including Axel Salto, Axel Sorensen, Georg Jensen, Just Andersen, Bode Willumsen, Arne Bang, Johannes Hedegaard just to name a few. Read more