After a few months of only being able to find relatively common pieces of Royal Albert, I struck on two designs that I hadn’t seen before…
One is this gorgeous pastel flower pattern in a handpainted style which has tiny raised dots at the centre of the flowers. I don’t know what the pattern name is but it was made between 1927 and 1935 because it has the Crown China backstamp. It’s such a lovely example of early fine china – I had two of these tea sets and I hope their new owner in South Africa enjoys using them!
The Gossamer pattern is something quite different. A friend of mine contacted me recently to say that she had a few pieces of her grandmother’s china to give away and one of them was a blue cup, saucer and plate in a marbled pattern that I’d never seen before. Unfortunately the cup was damaged but I eagerly accepted the saucer and plate thinking I could make an unusual cake stand with them (which I’ve not got around to making yet!). Then coincidentally my mum found six tea sets in the same pattern and they’re all in immaculate condition, each in a different colour.
The pattern was introduced by Royal Albert in 1950 and continued to be made in the 1960s / early 70s. The simple smooth shape suits the design really well. I love the variation in the patterns: each one is subtly different in what I’m assuming is a random way (although I’ve not yet found out exactly how the pattern was made). Anyone know?