Series: Blue Children
Scene of two little girls wearing bonnets, whispering sitting under a tree in front of a tiny witch
These delightful blue and white colored pieces of seriesware depict women and children in leisurely pursuits: playing hide and seek, enjoying a picnic or gathering flowers. The Blue Children patterns were first introduced in the 1890, were expanded in 1915 and all discontinued by 1930. Although mostly printed, the scenes had additional background details painted by hand making no two pieces exactly alike.
At the end of the 19th century, Royal Doulton’s original art director, Charles Noke, was busy at work creating ideas for the launch of Royal Doulton’s new Seriesware range. Characters from literature, history, folklore and music were the inspiration for many of the new patterns. Popular sports and leisurely activities such as golfing, hunting and fishing were also illustrated on a variety of ware. Seriesware patterns featuring children are among the most collected today. The list of subjects is endless and demonstrates Noke’s inherent gift for creating items with popular appeal.