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!