Nothing could be more appropriately named than Royal Doulton’s figures ‘A Spook’ and ‘Spooks’; the latter an adaptation of the first.
Two modern Royal Doulton tobies reflecting the ongoing influence early figures have on today’s design studio.
A Spook, designed by Harry Tittensor, was introduced in 1916 and was available to order until 1936, with a total of 8 official colourways to choose from. The last HN1218 was introduced in 1926, exactly 10 years after his original introduction.
A Titanian Spook by H. Tittensor.
An example of a true base to A Spook.
Interestingly a miniature version, without HN or M number has also been discovered, although when it comes to fake Royal Doulton, it is this miniature figure which crops up most! No doubt due to the ease of producing him in this small scale.
Things got a bit spookier in 1918 for the HN Collection, when Doulton’s great art director Charles Noke adapted the original single figure to bring collectors his ‘Spooks’ or ‘Double Spook’ HN88 (1918-36). Just like their individual counterpart, Spooks was also available to order until 1936 and also available in alternate colourways; in their case just three.
A Spook and Spooks can be found in unusual glazes including Titanian, to which they lend themselves perfectly.
The wonderfully detailed HN372 photographed by J. Lukins and which appears in the figure ‘bible’!