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The Whimsical World of Andrew Hull Pottery

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. […]

“Please, Sir, I Want Some More:” Royal Doulton’s Dickens Seriesware

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 […]

Royal Wedding: Celebrating the Queen’s 70th Wedding Anniversary

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 […]

Winston Churchill Historical Collector Teapot by Bairstow Manor

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 […]

A Tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: Longest Reigning Monarch in over 1000 Years

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.