Taming the Bird Theme


As you may have noticed, I am particularly sensitive to the bird theme. I want to hate it because it is so overdone, but when it is done well, I can’t help but comment. So Terence Conran, I commend you. I adore his Albion collection for Royal Doulton. His whiteware has no frills but enough character to make you notice. On his gravy boat, the spout is sculpted like a graceful neck and its handle rises like tail feathers, but he didn’t have to paint a beak and wings to get the point across. Perfect for dressings or cream, or even as a votive.

Albion Large pitcher, $30; small, $15; available at ConranUsa.com