John Doulton and his partners established a pottery and stoneware business in Lambeth, South London in 1815. The company took the name Doulton in 1853 and became Britain's leading manufacturer of industrial ceramics, art pottery, commemorative items and luxury table-wares, purchasing their Burslem factory in the 1870s. In 1901 King Edward VII conferred the double honor of the royal warrant and the specific right to use the title "Royal". In 2006 Royal Doulton was taken over by the Waterford Wedgwood group, which went into administration in 2009. The company is now part of WWRD Holdings Lt
This fabulous plate, circa 1920's, is the first in a series of six being offered individually for sale. The central motif is different on each plate and though the cartouches surrounding the border are basically repetitive as they vary from plate to plate. A Bird of Paradise, reminiscent of the eighteenth century Chelsea bird, fills the center, surrounded by floral and fauna against a shaded rich tan background. The vivid colors incorporate the entire pallet of the artist 'E Percy'. Two gold bands separate the center from the plate's shoulder, which is a delicate moire pattern of wavy cobalt blue lines and thousands of tiny gold dots, with gold decorating the twelve gentle scallops of the rim. The shoulder is enhanced with six gold gilded cartouches, each containing a different exotic bird, surrounded with delicate floral, fauna and in some, images of architecture against a white background.
The plate which measures 8 5/8" across was made for the retailers, Lovington Bros. It carries the Royal Doulton backstamp, in green, used from 1923-1927, which is without the Crown. It shows the Lion and "Made In England - Royal Doulton - England", along with the retailer's mark. The individual plates composing the set may have an impressed date mark and/or design Ra #8241 and pattern #9454 (see photo of markings). Each show the signature of the designing artist - "E Percy", who is not recorded among the Doulton artists and is presumed to be a nom de plume for Robert Allen (1858-1934) an important artist and pattern designer in the early twentieth century. Mr Allen joined the firm about 1870 and retired in 1929. This fabulous plate near mint condition, having no cracks, chips or repairs. A true piece of artistry. Please look at all six plates, the set of 6 may be purchased for $1475.00.
Royal Doulton "Bird of Paradise" Motif Plate (1 of 6) - E Percy/Robert Allen