Royal Albert Bone China, Minuet Pattern - Antique Bone China Query
Royal Albert Bone China Minuet Pattern
Royal Albert Bone China, Minuet Pattern - Antique Bone China Query:- I have a several pieces of Royal Albert bone china in the Minuet pattern. However, the 'Minuet pattern' I keep finding elsewhere is not what I have. The mark on the bottom is a crown, the pattern is a very simple flower design with pink and blue alternating flowers with simple yellow fall leaves in between, can you help
Reply by Peter (admin)
to Royal Albert Bone China, Minuet Pattern - Antique Bone China Query:-
Many thanks for flagging up a very intriguing query.
When I researched this Royal Albert ‘Minuet’ Pattern, I found there were two different patterns shown. One had the Royal Albert pottery mark dating from 1935 and another, the top one in the photo, had a mark which was not shown in my books, but looked more modern in style - akin to the typical mark of the Pearsons Group. To read more on the Pearsons story, go to my page at this URL:-
To cut a long story short, the significant dates to bear in mind are that in the 1960’s Pearson acquired Royal Albert along with Ridgways and many other well known china marks. In 1972 there was a merger with the Doulton Group which saw Royal Albert enter that particular stable.
I don’t have access to these more modern markings, but you should be able to date your Royal Albert ware approximately from the above photos. The lower picture denotes the older 1935 Royal Albert pottery mark and pattern.
Why there are two different Royal Albert patterns called “Minuet”, I can only guess that the later owners of the mark reprised the “Minuet” pattern name, but redesigned it entirely.
Hope this helps your quandary.
p.s. The following page is a 'must see' if you are researching fine china - for value and identification:-
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