This is a set of six English Royal Doulton hard paste porcelain plates. The date is the 20th century, circa the 1930s.
The plates are 8 ¾”, so about the right size for dessert, breakfast, luncheon or a small dinner plate. The shape is elegant, coupe, with no rim, and lobed at the edges for scalloped appearance.
Five of the plates have the same pattern. The sixth plate is the same blank and coloring, but has a flower pattern of thistles.
The first pattern on the five plates is one of sprays of pink, red, yellow and blue flowers on leafy green stems, and touched with gold in raised relief. The flower arrangements are slightly different on each plate. The gold trim around the edges is beautiful, with ferns, leaves and flowers cascading down the edge of the plates. The ground is cream shading to a darker peach at the edges.
The sixth plate is on the same blank, meaning the shape of the plate is the same. The ground is the same, shading from a cream to a darker peach at the edge. However the pattern is a large spray of thistles in red, green, blue, gray and pink, on brown stems, with some pink and green leafy foliage. The stems are brown. There is a lot of raised gold on the flowers, like on the first five plates. On this plate, the edge is trimmed in a solid gold at the edge, shading to a sprinkling of gold.
The marks on the first five plates is the green mark of the lion perched above Royal Doulton Made in England with a symbol below. The registration mark is Rd No 72067. The blank numbers near the foot rim are HB2744 and C7430, one of which is the pattern number. The sixth plate has the same maker’s mark and registration mark, but lacks a pattern number. The registration mark and the C7430 number means the pattern on the first five plates was first created in the years 1887 – 1888.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing. There is no observable wear to the gold trim. There is no stacking wear. There are no utensil marks on the face of the plates. These are very nice plates and quite beautiful.
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