Over the years, porcelain companies have produced more than just dinnerware services and decorative vases. Royal Doulton produced England’s first water purifier. Royal Winton produced a ceramic foot warmer. In addition to the unique dinnerware sets showcased in the Replacements, Ltd. Museum, we also display this “flow blue” bathroom set made by Royal Doulton in 1902.
This set features a soap dish, mug, large covered bowl and open bowl. The collection is unique because of its “flow blue” pattern and its art nouveau styling. Art nouveau simply means “new art” and was popular at the end of the 19th century. Characterized by undulating lines and curved surfaces, the art nouveau movement influenced most areas of applied design. One is likely to find lithographs, paintings, magazines, architecture, dinnerware, and furniture that reflect the art nouveau style.
The Royal Doulton China Company has produced dinnerware, figurines, and industrial tiles for two centuries. The company was founded in 1815 by John Doulton and John Watts. In 1887, Henry Doulton, John Doulton’s son, was knighted by Queen Victoria. In 1901, King Edward VII conferred upon the Royal Doulton Company the order of a Royal Warrant. If you are interested in learning more about the history of Royal Doulton, then please click here. If you are interested in other patterns that reflect art nouveau styling, then consider Gorham’s “ Royal Lily” and Oneida’s “ Flower de Luce.”