Dish-aholic Part 2: Romanced by Pretty Pink

Many of you have complimented on some of my Lady Carlyle pieces, and some have asked about the history. So, for this Friday’s “Show-and-Tell” hosted by Kelli, I decided to do a post on my girly girl dishes.

My husband had actually helped with the selection of this pattern in my moments of indecisiveness years ago. I have really appreciated it more and more as the years go by. Looking back, I am ever so glad for his intervention:

Royal Albert is known for the timeless beauty of its emphatically English romantic and chintzy patterns, frequently trimmed with gold. While Lady Carlyle is not as popular as the Old Country Roses, it has certainly managed to capture the fancy of many. It was introduced in 1944 after the “Victorian Chintz” fashion using fresh posies of English country garden flowers, including roses, bluebells, and forget-me-nots. Elaborate gold scrolls, which recall the curvaceous and extravagant rococo styles of the 18th century, highlight the rich pink floral panels and borders:

Let’s have some tea while we say hi to these beauties, shall we? You may certainly pick the choice of your teacup since there are two different shapes:

Oh, for those who favor coffee, do help yourselves with the coffeepot. Also, go right ahead if you prefer to use the beakers (mugs):

You probably noticed that the Lady Carlyle pieces look a bit different from the Old Country Roses pieces. That’s because the Lady Carlyle pattern takes on the Hampton shape, which means a more gentle scallop or a melon shape (especially on the lids). It’s really hard for me to pick out a favorite Lady Carlyle piece, but this tureen comes really close :

These serving pieces are just elated to get out of the cabinet and show off for a bit. I like the butter dome the best out of this particular grouping. A side note: My “collecting process” wasn’t without challenge, in that about 6 years ago, I got word that Royal Doulton (who had then bought Royal Albert) was moving their manufacturing to Indonesia from England. Being a purist, I wanted to keep my set purely English. So, I spent the next couple of years focusing on getting the pieces I wanted to complete my own set:

I actually bought the licensed Lady Carlyle fabric to make a set of 12 napkins back in 2001 (I have a thing with collecting things in twelves). I was not into sewing or quilting then, or I would have bought a whole lot more of this fabric and the coordinating fabrics to make a tablecloth and a quilt to go with the collection:

These are from a recent dinner I had for some guests – the dessert is Happy Wonderer’s Hummingbird Cake:

When not used, the large fruit/salad bowl doubles as a sandbox for my bear “Lady Carlyle”. She is shown sitting on a rimmed soup bowl in the fruit bowl:

Oh my… look at the time! My three minutes is up, and the carriage clock is telling me I’d better let others take the stage for their show-and-tell:

I have thoroughly enjoyed collecting my Lady Carlyle pieces. I love being able to look at the pieces and relate them to the different stages of my life throughout the years.

Have a Fun-Filled-Friday, everyone!

22 thoughts on “Dish-aholic Part 2: Romanced by Pretty Pink

  1. Oh, how gorgeous!! I have Old Country Roses, and I love Royal Albert things! I have really enjoyed looking at all your lovely collection. Thank you for sharing!


  2. I love pink tones when it comes to china. Yours is a wonderful collection. You can peek at what my pattern looks like in my Show N Tell this week if you have time to drop in :)

  3. Wow!!! This is priceless!!! Everything, everything is so wonderful! And I love how you showed us the table setting….absolutely beautiful. Now…….question is, when do we eat?!!!

    My Show n Tell is bone china cardinals this week. And especially a favorite…a cardinal music box.

    The show n tell is following a set of photos of a tornado that ripped through where my nephew lives!!! I had to post those first since it’s family!! So, scroll down.

    Happy weekend, and for the Americans, have a safe holiday!

  4. WOW! I am impressed! Those are exquisite. I am sure I have seen these over the years and didn’t realize what they were! Thanks for informing us about them! I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite too!

  5. I am sitting here with my mouth open and aghast! What a spectacular display of china! I have never seen this pattern, it is just beautiful! And I’m also loving those blue and white placemats! My kitchen is done in cobalt blue and white and they would look great in there!



  6. All I can say is wow!…what an amazing set of dishes you’ve collected. I love the bear. She’s so cute and matches your dishes perfectly.

    I also love your blog and will visit often.


  7. Oh, I am in LOVE!!! These are all so beautiful, I could cry! LOL! Don’t I feel silly! :) How long have you been collecting…you might have said, and I missed it! I can’t believe you even found the tureen and platters! This is a priceless collection…even down to the sweet little clock!

    These made my day! I’ll probably be back to drool over them again later!

    Have a great …and safe…holiday weekend! ~Rhonda

  8. I love Royal Albert and your collection of LC is lovely. They are all beautiful but my favorites are the soup tureen and the carriage clock. Thank you for sharing.


  9. Look at those cute individual Hummingbird bundts!! So much fun. I love how you garnished the plate. Your table looks so lovely. I’m glad they turned out for you and your guests. Have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!

    Oh and I still love your Lady Carlisle and I know exactly what you mean about wanting all your stuff made in England!!

  10. I wanted to pay you a visit, you left such a lovely comment on my blog about my tablesettings. I must say however, that I am so impressed with your quilting! Wow, you have such skill and patience, something that I lack in the sewing department.

    I also (of course) love, love your dishes, I wish I had all the pieces that you have, you are one lucky gal!

  11. Those dishes are simply breathtaking. I thought I really liked Old Country Roses, but now that I’ve seen Lady Carlyle I think it’s just as gorgeous if not more so. It’s so feminine and just makes my heart dance.

  12. Wonderful,
    my mother has the same set and it seems to be discontinued…did you get all thoses pieces on places like ebay, or you can still find some brand new pieces?
    thanks for reply!

    • I got most of my pieces years ago from England when they were still made in England. Royal Albert has moved all the Lady Carlyle (if they haven’t discontinued the pattern) to Indonesia. I have gotten a few pieces here and there on ebay.

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