The Royal Doulton Company has been producing porcelains, ceramics ans dinnerware for approximately two hundred years. From a meager beginning in 1815, John Doulton amassed one of the largest pottery and porcelain factories the world as ever known.
The "Gibson Girls" plates were a series of twenty-four plates, circa 1900-1910. This one carries the inscription "A quiet dinner with Dr Bottles, after which he reads aloud Miss Babbles latest work", copyright 1900 by Life Publishing Co. The central black and white transfer was taken from the book "A Widow and Her Friends" by Charles Dana Gibson (1867-1944). The subject of the book was the social lives and customs of upper middle class women in the U.S. at that time in history. The background is a beautiful dark blue motif of floral, plumes, scrolls and other designs, The plate measures 10 1/4" across and is stamped with the Royal Doulton mark. There ate no cracks chips or repairs; overall light crazing with some light staining on the back.