Royal Albert

Flower of the Month series: Forget-Me-Not

Fine bone china teacup, saucer and plate from Royal Albert with “July” in gilded script, on the inside of the teacup’s rim.

The gently fluted teacup, matching scalloped saucer and plate in the Montrose shape, are strewn with endearing “Forget-Me-Not” florals and gold trim.

Backstamped: Royal Albert Fine Bone China Made in England
Flower of the Month series: Forget-Me-Not

Orchard Gold

Produced by the quality English makers, Aynsley.

This stunning pattern features a beautiful still life of ripe and full fruit rendered in appealing warm, Autumnal tones. An arrangement of harvest fruit is bursting to life, set amongst the green foliage which perfectly balances the design.

The fruit still life appears on a warm golden yellow background, the whole scene is filled with the beautiful warmth of the sun. A glistening gold trim to the rim perfectly frames the pattern.

MZ Austria

This beautiful antique porcelain plate features an elegant scalloped and embossed rim and is decorated with beautiful light pink roses and white flowers with light green foliage on a white background.

The MZ Austria mark with the Austrian imperial double-headed eagle, dates this piece between 1884 and 1909.

The Moritz Zdekauer Bank of Prague bought this porcelain factory at Altrohlau in 1884 and exported to North and South America, to the Dutch market and to Dutch colonies. Pieces were decorated with lavish floral patterns and overglaze gold decoration.

MZ Austria mark used by Moritz Zdekauer on porcelain produced at Austrian factory based in Altrohlau from 1884 to 1909.

The firm was bought by C.M. Hutschenreuther in 1909 and then used a MZ Altrolau mark. The firm operated under the name Altrohlau Porcelain Factories from 1909 to 1945. It was nationalized after World War II. In 1992, the factory as privatized and was an established stock company known as Starorolsky Porcelan Moritz Zdekauer. Since June 2013 the porcelain tradition has been continued by the limited liability company Bohemia porcelán Moritz Zdekauer 1810, who purchased the assets and the trademarks from the wound up joint-stock company Starorolský porcelán Moritz Zdekauer without any production interruption.

The factory in Stará Role (Altrohlau) near Karlovy Vary was founded 1810 by Benedict Haßlacher who purchased land on the left bank of the Rolava river to build a mass mill, two buildings and one round furnace and to establish a pottery manufacture there.

Bought by Augustin Novotny in 1824, under his management employment rose to 100 workers. In 1836 Novotny started manufacturing porcelain. The factory production was constantly rising. In 1870 it employed 800 workers.

Ultima Thule

Inspired by the melting ice in Northern Finland, Tapio Wirkkala created Ultima Thule in a deeply remote cottage in Lapland in the 1960s. The mid-sized Ultima Thule glass serving bowl with its distinctive and intricate bottom that imitates the ebb and flow of melting ice can be used to serve, for example, nuts, chocolates and sweets.

Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) was a multitalented design genius, widely considered a leading figure of modern Finnish industrial art

Chelsea Bird

Royal Albert Chelsea Bird pattern was made in England between 1940 and 1980. It is a rare and valuable collectible.

Royal Albert History:

In 1896, Thomas Clark Wild bought a pottery in Longton, Stoke on Trent, England, called Albert Works, which had been named the year before in honor of the birth of Prince Albert, who became King George VI in 1936. Using the brand name Albert Crown China, Thomas Wild and Co. produced commemorative bone-china pieces for Queen Victoria’s 1897 Diamond Jubilee, and by 1904 had earned a Royal Warrant.

From the beginning, Royal Albert’s bone china dinnerware was popular, especially its original floral patterns made in rich shades of red, green, and blue. Known for incredibly fine, white, and pure bone china, Royal Albert was given to the sentimental and florid excesses of Victorian Era England, making pattern after pattern inspired by English gardens and woodlands. With beautiful designs, the patterns appealed to a wide range of tastes, from the simplest to the most aristocratic.

Wild Anemone

Richmond Wild Anemone Vintage Bone decorated with delicate wild anemone flowers and leaves.

Richmond Wild Anemone vintage Bone China tea plate with fluted border. Plate diameter 20.5 cm.

In 1972, the Pearson Group acquired Royal Doulton, and merged it with Allied English Potteries and the Richmond China patterns were absorbed under the Royal Albert name or were discontinued.

Country Lane

This scalloped and gilt footed cup with a floral pattern of bluebells honeysuckle and roses was made between 1972 and 1990.

Paragon became part of Royal Doulton in 1972 and continued to produce china under that name until 1991. By 1989 the name and patterns had been absorbed into Royal Albert and by 1992 the Paragon name was discontinued.

William IV

Flame Mahogany Sideboard

A deep square edge top with a low flat topped gallery flanked by volutes, three frieze drawers of ogee profile and raised on twin pedestal cupboards with fine gadroon tent top panels to the doors, shelving to the interior and raised on a plinth base.

Height: 117cm Width: 183cm Depth: 58cm

Arzberg Colon Blue

Arzberg “Colon Blue” Soup Bowl with Double Handles, Saucer and Salad Plate.

The “Colon Blue” range was available between 1978 and 1990 and is simple and elegant. Arzberg quality German porcelain is renowned for its striking shapes and practical functionality.

This cup and saucer with bread and butter plate is a testament to this styling.

The classic among beautiful everyday porcelain.

In 1931 Arzberg launched a set that was to revolutionise the world of porcelain. Form 1382 by Dr Hermann Gretsch: It was the rejection of impractical, ornate sets and a ‘thumbs-up’ to functional, aesthetic everyday porcelain. “We can no longer afford to launch things that the consumer quickly tires of because they are impractical, outdated and obsolete”. The Form 1382 design has not been changed since and, to this day, it has not lost any of its allure. The collection belongs to the classics of modern industrial design and is one of the very few porcelain forms to feature in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.