Royal Doulton Basque
This oh so seventies looking design was produced at the Lambeth factory of Doulton between 1974 and 1981.
Going by the number of pieces from the set for sale on various online shops still, it must have been a very popular pattern.
Its easy to see the design is classic seventies even without knowing much about it.
It has the loveliest dark chocolate brown coloured glaze- a colour often called “mission brown” in its day when it was often used as a paint trim colour in houses.
The design consists of a subtle design of country flowers in a basket. The glaze has a great sheen and smoothness to it as well.
I like the shape of the pieces too, solid but with rounded edges and with nice proportions – quintessentially British.
Being stoneware it is very tough as well. I have seen photographs of several other patterns by Doulton using this form as well, but Basque stands out from the others.