Text by Britt E. Stafford • Photography by Caroline Smith
Royal Doulton’s original Countess pattern is a timeless treasure worth featuring on any tea table.
Royal Doulton has been an illustrious name in tableware and ceramics for more than two centuries. While founded in London, the company moved production in 1877 to Staff ordshire, where it still has a design studio, although its production facility is now in Indonesia. With several notable patterns and products, Royal Doulton’s original Countess earthenware teapot lives up to its stately name, featuring a design of perennial painted garlands with green and yellow medallions reminiscent of Neoclassical design. First released in the early 20th century and discontinued in 1961, the pattern’s delicate details and touches of gold make it a versatile teatime accoutrement to be enjoyed in a variety of settings.