Stoke on Trent was for centuries, synonomous with the famous names of pottery - Royal Doulton, Wedgwood etc and we fortunately still have some production from there, even though much of it has gone.
It harks back to the days when dinner sets were a 'must' item for any household; they were often given as full sets to be cherished & added to; to be brought out on high days & holidays ....
I freely admit to a great love of the beauty of pottery & china patterns - so many are just so lovely that they deserve to be enjoyed just for their own sake.
A few months ago I saw two interesting charger plates in a local charity shop - cobalt blue trim with a crest on each & I just loved them so they came home with me.
I noticed the backstamp & so I did some research & it appears they were made by Royal Doulton for the caterers & bakers - Avignone Frères; the Adams Morgan caterers that dazzled Kennedy inauguration guests and they supplied treats to guests during the Watergate saga …
The Italian Count di Carpegna was a project architect on SGI's staff, and the Countess de Rochefort was a sales representative for the Watergate East apartment cooperative. (The countess once commissioned Avignon Frères, the now-defunct French bakery in Adams Morgan, to make a 50-pound cake with 13 layers in the likeness of the 13-story building.)
I have no idea if my pair of immaculate plates ever left their Midlands home. Perhaps they were kept back in the potteries as examples of the set or maybe they were used in DC and came back again.
The connection is very interesting as it shows how widely our goods travelled & how sought after they were and still are.
I have had several offers to purchase them but for now I just enjoy their story; I hope you have enjoyed it too.