Royal Doulton’s child study ‘Dunce’ lot 121 @Bonhams 11.08.20

This most unusual figure is making an outing this coming Tuesday at Bonhams in London.

Although colourways are recorded as HN 6, 310 and 357 this particular version is a colourway. Impressed ‘79’ to the base signifying the model number and carrying an impressed date for April 1924, this child is nearly 100 and not looking bad for that!

Modelled by the great Charles Noke at the introduction of his now world famous HN collection in 1913, so few examples of him have turned up in the succeeding century.

Doulton’s Vellum Marguerite and Mephistopheles @Bonhams 11.08.20 lot116

This rare double sided Vellum figure by Doulton’s Charles Noke is part of a choice selection of Doulton wares ex being offered @Bonhams on 11 August 2020.

Lot 116 is believed to have been part of the Doulton exhibit at the Chicago Exhibition of 1893, at which much acclaim was heaped on the company.

This unusual variation sees Mephistopheles decorated in a cobalt costume with raised gold dragons, no doubt a design from the Robert Allen studio.

Royal Doulton and the Art Union of London @Bonhams

Around the turn of the twentieth century Doulton and then Royal Doulton had a strong association with the Art Union of London, the latter operated much like a club subscription today whereby subscribers were offered exclusive access to works by leading artists and companies.

Such is the case with this outstanding Mark V. Marshall vase that is coming up at Bonhams 11.08.20 (lot108). Impressed with the all important MVM signature, it also carries assistant marks for Florrie Jones, together with the Royal Doulton stamp as well as ‘Art Union of London’ impressed into the base.

Standing an impressive 42cm, it really is an impressive piece with the MVM dragon design in relief around the top and a typical mottled blue Doulton Lambeth glaze to the rest of the body of the vase.