This last weekend saw the bi-annual Royal Doulton fair at Tillington Hall, Stafford.
Here are a few highlights from the event prior to opening last Sunday. Hope to see you there next time!
We all know that an artist’s original model can change dramatically during the pre-production and even sometimes post production phase.
A chance sighting of this early version of Peggy Davies’ lady Denise reminded me of this! Here you can see an early prototype where there has been an attempt to create a lace effect over the skirt and also around the top of the dress. It makes quite a startling change to the figure and you can see why cost would have prohibited production of this elaborate model.
Many thanks to Jonathan at the Potteries Specialist Auctions for use of the photograph from their upcoming sale on 15th November.
…gunpowder, treason and plot!
I’m sure there isn’t a British adult who does not remember the story of Guy Fawkes and his failed attempt to blow up Parliament when in session and thus return a Catholic monarch to the throne. Since his capture on the 5th November 1605 we have celebrated this event annually with large bonfires with a ‘Guy’ atop.
Despite his grizzly end, Guy or Guido Fawkes has been immortalised on many occasions by Royal Doulton in their most popular collections.
One of the first is this large figure designed by Noke himself and available in 3 colourways as well as a modern miniature. I have always thought there must be a picture to go with this figure but to date nothing identical has turned up, save the typical illustrations of him since the foiled plot, such as this one. There has been a newer version of a Guy Fawkes illustrated above HN4784.
Noke’s love of historical characters and events resulted in this wonderful addition to his range of limited edition loving cups and jugs introduced in the 1930’s, complete with detailed description to the base!
Who would have thought that centuries later we would be celebrating this event and a man who was convicted of treason?
For me this is one of the most endearing patterns that can be found on seriesware and it really does take you back to a different time – when fairies, pixies and gnomes were all the fashion and captured our imaginations.
There are two pattern numbers recorded – D3690 and D3747.
I have seen the plate on the right (D3690) in different colours and the design on the left (D3747) on a baby bowl – other than these examples, I have never come across any others, so I imagine it to be rare.
This charming series was introduced in 1913 and apparently withdrawn by 1930.