Doulton’s Royal connections! 

  Collectors are often bemused by early Doulton catalogues which carry the strap line ‘As purchased by HM The Queen’ under their cherished figures.  

  Original catalogue page featuring the design and highlighting the Royal connection.

However this sales technique was also used to advertise tablewares such as this heavily gilded tea set, which was supplied to HM Queen Mary in the early 20th Century.   This particular set for 6 people is a replica of the original and was retailed exclusively through Harrods, the exclusive London Department Store which has many famous links to Doulton including its magnificent Doulton terracotta façade and of course the art nouveau tiles in the food halls by Neatby.

 
Once again the set shows that first sight isn’t always the end to a story with Doulton! 

 

Collecting Doulton’s Ship Figureheads! 

Collectors love a theme to follow and here is one that was produced in relatively recent times and that has proved a sound investment too! Ship Figureheads belong to a bygone age of tall ships and battles, and each piece chosen by Doulton to produce in fine china tells a story all of its own.

  
HMS Ajax HN2908.

Introduced between 1980-83, Doulton’s ‘Ship’s Figureheads’ collection marked a new direction led by Eric Griffiths, Royal Doulton’s then Head of Ceramic Sculpture, who commissioned the freelance artist Sharon Keenan to produce these six models based on her own research in museums and dockyards on both sides of the Atlantic. The six limited edition of 950 pieces were Ajax, Benmore, mary Queen of Scots, Hibernia, Chieftan, Lalla Rookh, Pocahontas and Nelson. Each model came in a presentation box with plinth and certificate.  
HMS Benmore HN2909.