As it embarks on a new century of fine china design, Royal Albert honors the artistic achievements of the one it has so faithfully chronicled with this stunning 100 Years of Royal Albert tribute collection. Employing classic shapes and delicate floral motifs, the 10-part series, which includes teaware, figurines, and brooches, recalls major British historical events and style trends from each decade of the 21st century. Inspiration for the series came from previous Royal Albert designs and its archive pattern books.
The collection's 10 three-piece sets are a wonderfully social way to tell the entire story, and this 1930 "Polka Rose" makes a lovely chapter. Crafted of bone china with 22-karat gold trim on gracefully scalloped shapes, the teacup, saucer, and dessert plate recall the decade when George VI and Queen Elizabeth ascended to the British throne, and the Art Deco design of polka dots was all the rage. A fresh apple-green backdrop hosts an all-over pattern of diminutive white dots, complemented by a single rose in the center of the saucer and on the interior of the cup. Each piece has a special commemorative backstamp, and the set comes packaged in a presentation-style pink and burgundy hatbox with depictions of all the patterns. The china is dishwasher-safe and carries a two-year warranty. --Kara Karll
Royal Doulton announces the international launch of the 100 Years of Royal Albert collection, celebrating a century of English craftsmanship through ten patterns representing design trends of each decade of the 20th century. Royal Albert’s success dates back to the late 1800’s, and the new collection celebrates the brand’s vitality, longevity and rich design history. The collection features all bone china with 22 karat gold accents on teacups, saucers, plates, mugs, teapots, creamers, sugar bowls and figurines. Every pattern included in the collection captures the true historical design statements and trends of each time period. Featuring Royal Albert brand signature delicate florals in many of the patterns, all items from the 100 Years of Royal Albert collection are packaged in unique deep pink and burgundy Royal Albert hatboxes with illustrations of all ten patterns. 1930 Polka Rose: highlighting the popularity of the Art Deco style, polka dots cover an apple-green ground color with a single rose in the center of the saucer.