“The Pickwick Papers” (officially, “The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club”) was the first novel by Victorian writer Charles Dickens. Written for publication in serialized form, the novel is a sequence of loosely related adventures. Dickens was 24 years old at the time, and working as a roving journalist; his popular collection of short pieces […]
Ceramics artist and designer Andrew Hull presents an exquisite line of handmade figures, inspired by the grotesque and whimsical creations of legendary 19th century Staffordshire, U.K. potters. His anthropomorphic animals are a diverse and captivating lot, with individual personalities, habits, and quirks that are evident in the striking details that Hull imbues in each one. […]
One of Royal Doulton’s most popular series features characters from the works of 19th Century English author and social critic Charles Dickens (1812-1870). In 1922, Doulton art director Charles Noke commissioned 16 bone china figures, manufactured at the Burslem Pottery. Over the next six decades, the collection grew, and so did the demand for its […]
Honoring the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s passing, Royal Doulton unveils two pieces that perfectly capture the elegance, warmth, and humanity of the “People’s Princess,” Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997). Born into a British noble family with royal ancestry, more than 750 million people around the world saw her July 29, 2981 wedding to the […]
Mention “teatime,” and you’ll evoke a cavalcade of images and sentiments that transport the imaginer to an Edwardian setting, complete with footmen, dowagers, elegant tea sets, and helpings of clotted cream, small cakes, and thin sandwiches. But “tea” is a term that has long referred to several different meals. Teatime is the usual time at […]
Before there was Wills and Kate, before Charles and Diana, there was Lilibet and Philip. On November 20, 2017, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 70th wedding anniversary to His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The queen and her future husband met in 1934, at the wedding of Philip’s cousin, Princess Marina […]
When I first discovered this intriguing teapot during a visit to Baristow Pottery in the UK, I was immediately drawn to the cigar spout and the sculpted handle of Roosevelt and Stalin handle. The bottom of the teapot is inscribed the Yalta Tea Party – a reference to the Yalta Conference. The historical significance of […]
Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest-reigning British monarch in more than 1,000 years today, overtaking her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, with just over 63 years and six months on the throne. Born on April 21, 1926 during the reign of her paternal grandfather, King George V. On November 20, 1947 Elizabeth II married His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.