Alfred Meakin Ltd Pottery
Alfred Meakin Ltd Pottery is ceramic ware produced by the English pottery manufacturing company based in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, in Staffordshire.
History & Description
The company was founded in 1875 and operated from the Victoria, Royal Albert and Highgate Potteries factories in Tunstall. Alfred Meakin was the brother of James and George Meakin, who also ran a large pottery company in the nearby town of Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.
Alfred Meakin Ltd. produced a variety of ceramic and pottery based products, including dinnerware, tea sets and tiles. While the company relied heavily on distribution to the United States, Alfred Meakin Ltd. also manufactured ordinary domestic and traditional tableware, such as the Blue de Roi dinnerware, which was presented to King George V and Queen Mary in 1913 during a Royal Visit to the company.
Following Alfred Meakin’s death in 1904, the company was inherited by his son Alfred James who died only four years later. The company was purchased by Robert Johnson in 1908 and stayed in the Johnson family’s hands until 1976 when it was acquired by Myott, Son & Co. Ltd. before becoming part of the Churchill Group.
Guide for collectors
Instances of antique Alfred Meakin Ltd. dinnerware sold at national auction houses are relatively common. As a general rule, blue dinnerware, such as the Kelvin and Raleigh patterns, are the most sought after by collectors and typically realise the highest prices.
Any dents, scratches and cracks in the dinnerware can significantly diminish its value.
Notable auction sales
On July 11th 2006 at William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, a ninety-eight piece collection of Alfred Meakin Kelvin dinnerware realised a price of $1,300.
On January 14th 2007 at Four Seasons Auction Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, a seventy-two piece collection of Alfred Meakin Raleigh dinnerware realised a price of $1,200.
On March 19th 2006 at Buchard Galleries in St. Petersburg, Florida, a ninety-one piece collection of Alfred Meakin Hartwell dinnerware, circa 1900, realised a price of $1,100.
On November 17th 2009 at Christie’s in Paris, an Alfred Meakin creamware part tea service, circa late-nineteenth century, realised a price of €750.