Henry and James Doulton purchased an interest in Pinder, Bourne & Co., in 1877. In 1882 the business was reconstituted under the name Doulton & Co., Burslem. The business was incorporated in 1899 as Doulton & Co. and Doulton was granted a Royal Warrant and right to use ‘Royal’ in the name of its products by King Edward VII in 1901.
This lovely English Castles transfer polychrome plate, circa 1900-1920, is decorated with an English countryside scene in the center, consisting of a building and tree lined canal with families enjoying a boat outing. The wide border is composed of a continuous scroll and floral motif. Colors of deep red and green are applied over the under-glaze transfer motif to highlight the scroll and floral border and family boats. The plate measures 10 1/2" across and is stamped in brown with the Royal Doulton mark, circa 1902-1922. It is also faintly impressed "Doulton Burslem England", the pattern number D2950 as well as several other markings. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Great decorator cabinet plate.