A little inspiration to collect Doulton’s famous Victorian Lady figure! With over 15 known versions to collect and an unknown number of unrecorded colourways! Get collecting now!
In our book Reflections – Doulton figures as a reflection of their times, Jocelyn and I cover many inspirations behind some of the most famous of Doulton’s figures in the HN collection. Unfortunately space wasn’t on our side, so I can reveal here some of the illustrations we couldn’t include back then!
Here is one of Wheatley’s London Cries pictures together with its Doulton counterpart!
Part II : 1900-1929
1900 Cuthert Bailey, a Chemist joined Doulton & Co.
Ivory Body introduced
Hyperion and Morrisian wares introduced
1901 Gibson Girl designs introduced
1902 Lion and Crown Backstamp used for Royal Doulton
1904 Flambé – experimental wares begun
1905 Mandarin and Crested wares introduced, together with Christmas miniatures
1906 Seriesware introduced
1907 Crystalline introduced
1908 Flambé aninals first seen and Dickensware introduced
1911 First attempts at a new figure range begun
1913 Famous visit to Burslem by King George and Queen Mary to Doulton at Nile St.
HN Figures and animals launched
1914 John Slater Art Director at Burselm retires. Charles J. Noke takes up the reins
1915 Titanian wares introduced
1916 Reco Capey lustre and flambé designs introduced
1919 John Slater purchases the Slater Collection
1920 Barbotine, Chinese Jade and Sung launched
1924 Shagreen and Maori wares introduced
1925 Chang launched
1929 Classic Doulton figure ‘Old Balloon Seller’ introduced
An early view of the Doulton studio ca. 1910
Here are some pictures of an unusual Puff and Powder I once came across from Seaway China. She is decorated in the Bakst style like several of Harradine’s early figures of the 1920’s. Leon Bakst’s designs for the Ballet Russe were distinctive because of the use of contrasting fabrics placed together; something you can clearly see from this figure. Interestingly the piece is taken from a Raphael Tuck picture by Stanislaus Longley, an artist whose work Harradine regularly used as inspiration for figures but who is only credited with inspiring a handful of figures from the mid to late 1930’s rather than the 1920’s.
Here are the pictures to enjoy!
Arthur at work in 1953
Arthur Perrins had a typically long association with Doulton & Co for his genreration; he began in the early 1940’s remaining with them until finally retiring in 1993. He was used to advertise Royal Doulton’s artistry over decades at some of the most prestigious stores in England including at the Doulton store at Harrods in London. Here are some pictures of Arthur at work, including a figure painting demonstration at Harrods in the early 1950’s. He is survived by his widow.
Arthur explaining the process involved in painting a Top o’ the hill ca. 1954
A Harrods display with Arthur demonstrating figure painting, again on a Top o’ the hill
Here is a link to some further pictures of Arthur at work on John Twigg’s excellent site about Doulton artists: