Royal Doulton specialist collectors’ fair Sunday June 11th 2017

Come along to our Royal Doulton extravaganza on June 11th being held this year at the World of Wedgwood, Barlaston

An array of Royal Doulton, Beswick and Moorcroft dealers will be in attendance offering a wide array of products from all eras! There is free entry to the event and a day filled with painting demonstrations by Chris Jackson, modelling by Neil Welch and not forgetting our host for the event Michael Doulton who will be on hand to sign any purchases and talk to collectors. Not forgetting that there will be free entry to the Wedgwood museum on the Sunday too!

In addition there will be a valuation service on site and you an ask the Doulton Collectors Club for any historical support you may need! 

Also worth visiting is an exciting exhibition which will be running for 4 weeks to coincide with the event, telling the story of Royal Doulton over the last 200 years, located in the Wedgwood Museum.

The fair exclusive the Fair Jester will also be available from 10.30 in a strict limited edition of 300 pieces. You can see him peeking out on the cover of the fair programme.

Below is the fair programme to enjoy!

Introducing Royal Doulton’s newest Bunnykins Figure ‘The Fair Jester’ a DCC exclusive! 

Here at last is the newest member of Royal Doulton’s legendary Bunnykins family The Fair Jester.

The Fair Jester a DCC exclusive for 2017.

Royal Doulton’s Bunnykins characters have been entertaining us since 1934 and this summer The Fair Jester will be the Doulton Collectors Club fair exclusive at the summer Doulton show (11th June 2017) being held at the World Of Wedgwood, Royal Doulton’s home.

Here The Fair Jester sits perfectly with other members of the Bunnykins family.

Issued in a limited edition of 300, The Fair Jester comes with a certificate of authenticity carrying each individual Bunnykins’ serial number and he is presented in a typical Bunnykins box.

The Fair Jester (Ltd Ed 300).

To reserve this new Bunnykins figure, just email

Looking forward to seeing you at the June event!

The inspiration behind Royal Doulton’s Easter Day.

Collectors of Royal Doulton’s world famous figurines are aware of the many sources that inspired figures from stars of the theatre, to calendar and card designs published by the likes of Raphael Tuck & sons.

However, one particular star of Royal Doulton’s HN range was inspired by the great actress Vivien Leigh in her role in the legendary film Gone with the Wind in which she played Scarlett O’Hare.

Here you can see a press cutting along with an early dated version of Easter Day from 1943; incidentally two years after she was originally modelled. Also in the picture is a very similar looking prototype from 1942 that I display along side the large size figure.

Collecting Doulton Tobacco Jars.

For collectors the beauty of Royal Doulton is the diversity of its wares. When it comes to collecting tobacco jars this statement is particularly pertinent!

Tinworth designed tobacco jar and a Tinworth menu holder c.1885.

Whether you prefer the products of the Lambeth factory or the pottery examples from their Staffordshire factories – there is something to suit every collector.

Four Lambeth examples: Chiné, simulated metal, Silicon and an art nouveau example.

Lambeth examples can be found by leading artists including the legendary George Tinworth, to repeat designs created by leading in-house artists, to more mass produced examples including Doulton’s famous Chiné technique. Rare novelty examples also exist such as the one illustrated modelled as a weight!

Burslem examples: two Kingsware jars featuring Mr Pickwick and Parson Brown, a Reco Capey example and a seriesware Barnaby Rudge piece.

Pottery examples from Burslem typically fit into the following categories: art wares, Kingsware or seriesware as can be seen above.

Collecting tobacciana is a worldwide phenomenon so it is no surprise to see rare examples fetch high prices but a collection can be assembled of more modest varieties of Doulton wares such as the Chiné or Silicon examples above.

Royal Doulton’s Figure Darling – where it all began!

Or rather where the then new figure range began in 1913 – is perhaps how that heading should read.

Darling in his original size with HN 1 at the fore, the HN 1371 and of course the more frequently found HN 1319.

In reality Darling was not the first figure in the HN collection but due to Queen Mary’s famous christening of him with her statement “Isn’t he a darling” – he was given the prestigious number 1 in the new number sequence.

Typical early base, this time belonging to HN 1. Note the actual number of figures painted on the inside ‘349’!

Designed by Charles Vyse who would later inspire Doulton’s famous balloon sellers, Darling was produced in his original size of 19cm in four colourways – HN 1 in a pale blue grey nightshirt, HN 1319 in a white nightshirt with black base and then HN 1371 and 1372 in green and pink nightshirts respectively and both with black bases. Of all these originally size models it is HN 1371 and 1372 which are the particularly rare examples.

In the post WWII period Darling was remodelled in the now smaller and most familiar size of 13cm as HN 1945 and remained in production as such until 1997. A lovely additional version of him HN 3613 for Peter Jones the China specialist was introduced to mirror the original HN 1 colouring in 1993.

Only one further model of this charming young boy has been produced and that was for Royal Doulton’s 200th Anniversary Icons series as HN 5648 in a smaller size again of 10cm!

The now mid size Darling HN 3613 with his smaller Icons series counterpart HN 5648, pictured against the first figure booklet from 1913. Note the reference to Queen Mary and ‘Now at Buckingham Palace’! 

All in all Darling proved to be the first of one of Royal Doulton’s most popular collecting themes when it comes to figures – children! 

June’s Doulton event – save the date! 

Hello again everyone–We’re very excited about the plans for our 2017 Summer Royal Doulton Fair on Sunday, June 11. As you already know, we’ll have Michael Doulton as our special guest, feature an exclusive fair special figure, and have a full day’s activities for collectors while you enjoy shopping with the UK’s top Royal Doulton dealers. We’re particularly excited to be at the newly refurbished World of Wedgwood in Barlaston this year where we can all enjoy everything they have to offer—their incredible museum, shops and café.Candy and Bill Beal have more exciting news, too, about their “To The Manor Born” UK tour that they’re scheduling around our event. The group will assemble in London on Monday, June 5, depart for the Cotswolds the next day for 3 days of touring and enjoying that unique area and then it’s off to Stoke-on-Trent for 5 full days of visiting stately homes like Chatsworth House and Tudor masterpieces like Little Moreton Hall.  

Best of all for collectors, though, will be the Summer Royal Doulton Fair and everything surrounding it but the group will also enjoy many extras—invitation to a special preview of the Fair the night before, an incredible tour of the Moorcroft factory and museum, a special dinner with Royal Doulton experts, and more to be announced later.  

Several days in the Oxford area will come next with tours at wonderful locations like Windsor Castle and Blenheim Palace. The tour will finish on Sunday, June 18.  

Beautiful manor houses such as Barnsley House (above) will be home bases for the group at all three locations. For more information on this all-inclusive “To The Manor Born” tour, including pricing, please contact Candy and Bill at and follow them on Facebook @WhiteNightsNorthernLights for trip updates, photos and more.

I’ll be joining the group for many of the events at Stoke-on-Trent so I’ll be looking forward to seeing you then. Space will be limited at these manor houses so please contact Candy and Bill as soon as possible.

Best regards,



An exciting Royal Doulton summer event! 

Happy New Year—2017 is going to be a banner year for Royal Doulton enthusiasts. The highlight will be the Summer Royal Doulton Fair on Sunday, June 11. We’re excited because this year it will be at the newly refurbished World of Wedgwood in Barlaston.

This event features a guest appearance by Michael Doulton, an exclusive fair special and a full day’s activities for collectors. There will be a vast selection of Royal Doulton for sale from the UK’s top Royal Doulton dealers and you’ll also be able to preview Royal Doulton’s latest additions. The World of Wedgwood location gives us even more special things to do.

As a bonus, Candy and Bill Beal of White Nights Northern Lights travel company are building one of their “To The Manor Born” UK tours around our event from Monday, June 5, through Sunday, June 18. Their tour includes guided tours in and around the Cotswolds, Stoke-on-Trent and the Potteries, Oxford and the Thames Valley; ground transportation; gourmet meals; and rooms at exclusive manor houses that have been converted to hotels and selected for their comfort, fine dining and unique atmosphere, such as Barnsley House in the Cotswolds (below).  

Tours will include iconic locations like Windsor Castle, Chatsworth House, Little Moreton Hall and the Cotswold countryside, but also many places especially designed to interest Royal Doulton collectors. Candy and Bill live in the US but this tour is open to collectors like yourself from anywhere. More details and surprises will be coming soon but if you’d like to get more details now please email them at

I’ll be participating in some of the tour events so I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there in June. Space will be limited at these manor houses so please contact the Beals as soon as possible.

Best regards,



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