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“The Lacemaker”, by Susan Neale, an 8-1/2” diameter transfer-printed plate of a lacemaker and children in a country town setting by Royal Doulton. Issued in 1991, this is Plate #74710. It is the 5th in the series on Old Country Crafts. The others in the series, in order of issuance, include “The Blacksmith”, “The Thatcher”, “The Spinner”, “The Wheelwright”, “The Basket Maker”, “The Candlemaker”, “The Saddlemaker”, The Embroideress”, “The Cooper”, “The Dry-Stone Waller”.  Susan Neal teaches art at Askham Bryan College in York, and at the Summer School at Marlborough College, Wiltshire. She prefers watercolor, and is a noted portraitist, illustrator for children’s books and romantic fiction. She produced the entire Country Crafts series. She also did the European book jacket for “Jaws” (which means there may be some hope for the woman.)

Royal Doulton dates to 1815, and today, together with Royal Albert and Minton, make up the Doulton Home company, which is part of the Waterford Wedgwood group.  Most pieces today are made in a factory in Jakarta Indonesia.  Royal Doulton has marketed its collector’s plates using Bradford Exchange mail order template. The foray into collectibles has been very beneficial to a number of prestigious firms (e.g., Coalport), and has helped keep some of their older patterns alive. The Bradex (Bradford Exchange Plates) number 26-R62-35.5 is marked on the back of the plate.

Waterford Wedgwood PLC filed for bankruptcy January 5, 2009. On February 27, 2009, the New York-based KPS Capital Partners bought the Waterford, Wedgwood and Royal Doulton components of the company.

first posted 3/19/2009