We've noticed something interesting here at Classic Replacements. For many years, indeed centuries, the trend of china patterns and designs moved from East to West. Designs and styles popular in the Orient were picked up more and more in Europe and America. That trend is still strong, as evidenced by the non-stop auctions of high end chinese export dinnerware in the US and the UK.
But what is relatively new is the appetite of many in the Far East (i.e. Japan, China, Singapore, South Korea) for English and American designs. Patterns such as Royal Doulton Carlyle and Royal Doulton Sarabande, once exclusively Western both in manufacture as well as style, are now sought out constantly in the bastions of Oriental art.
It is possible that due to the post-WWII occupation of Asia that certain tastes were “imported” where they hadn't been before. Or it may just be another result of the “global village”. Either way, don't be surprised to sit down for a meal in the US and be served on china that boldly reminds you of the Ming dynasty. Or to be served in South Korea on the muted elegance of Royal Doulton. We are truly all connected.