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A flock of Royal Doulton….parrots, budgerigars and cockatoos!

An unusual Parrot on pillar in Doulton flambé.

Parrots, also known as psittacines, are birds of approximately 393 species in 92 genera that make up the order Psittaciformes, that can be found in most tropical and subtropical regions. The order is further sub-dividable into three superfamilies: the Psittacoidea, the Cacatuoidea, and the Strigopoidea.

A selection of rare Royal Doulton birds including a character parrot (far left) holding a perpetual calendar in its mouth!

Budgies (budgerigars), also known as parakeets, are native to Australia and among the smallest parrots in the world.
A most unusual Florence Barlow pâte-sur-pâte vase originating from the Harriman Judd Collection.

As one of the most popular breeds of birds to keep as a pet, budgerigars, or budgies, are known for their outgoing and curious personalities.

A trio of early Burgeriegar on stumps in different glazes/effects.

The budgerigar is a long-tailed, seed-eating parrot usually nicknamed the budgie, or in American English, the parakeet.
A part teaser featuring parrots from the 1920s (pattern H2637).
In their natural Australian habitat, Budgerigars are noticeably smaller than those in captivity. This particular parrot species has been bred in many other colours and shades in captivity (e.g. blue, grey, grey-green, pieds, violet, white, yellow-blue). 
A pair of Budgeriegar and two versions of Cockatoo on stump.
A cockatoo is any of the 21 parrot species belonging to the family Cacatuidae, the only family in the superfamily Cacatuoidea.

To finish, an early catalogue page featuring an array of colourful creatures including those above!

Royal Doulton Holbein, Rembrandt or Kingsware wares?

Well in the case of this flask or vase it is certainly Holbein. Although Similar in style to Rembrandt with its portrait cartouche the body immediately tells us it isn’t. Rembrandt ware can be distinguished by its body and typically rough surface indentations, together with its heavier weight.

Yet, it is often harder to distinguish between Holbein and Kingswares as their style of decoration is similar, as it the body used for both. Originally the difference was in the price, the latter being cheaper to produce and indeed Holbein has been referred to as a more expensive product to Kingsware with added individual decoration.

This piece was a Charles Noke design as can be seen from his impresses signature.

Backstamps often help us identify Rembrandt and Holbein wares, however, these were often omitted for one reason or another, so today we must use our detective skills to distinguish between these wares!

Royal Doulton Competition and Survey 2019

Do you own collectable figurines? If yes, please give us feedback & have a chance win one of 5 gorgeous Royal Doulton figurines!

We are interested in your opinion! In case you are a committed collector of figurines, or just happen to own some, we would very much like to hear your ideas and feedback in this survey.

By answering this survey, you have a chance to win a Royal Doulton figurine.

Deadline for entry: Please answer by 18th February.

 

Prize draw

Competition Name: Collectables survey

 

How to Enter: follow the link and complete the survey on line.

 

Opening Date: Monday 28th January 2019

 

Closing Date: 18th February 2019 at midnight British Time 

 

Prize: Win one of 5 handmade and hand painted figurines

2 x 22cm  Language of Flower figurines RRP £125

3 x 17cm sentiment petite figurines RRP £60

 

Draw Date: 22nd Feb 2019

 

Draw Mechanism: Name chosen at random

 

 

Link: https://response.questback.com/fiskars/5rhs88gyle

 

best regards,

The Royal Doulton team.

Doulton, Beswick and Moorcroft Fair this Sunday -25th Nov 2018 @ World of Wedgwood! Free entry!

Looking for the perfect weekend activity? Then look no further! Come along this Sunday for the Winter fair at the World of Wedgwood where there will be pottery by our favourite pottery firms on offer from leading dealers.

In addition you can also purchase one of our fair specials subject to availability. There is this figure illustrated here which is available in a ltd Ed of just 15 pieces hand painted here in the uk by Master Painter, Chris Jackson.

Bunnykins Collectors will be pleased to hear that there will also be an exclusive fair Bunnykins on offer! More details to follow.

Doulton’s Checkmate with Tinworth

Few artists carry the gravitas of George Tinworth, but as Doulton’s first artist that mantle certainly is deserving.

On our Facebook page we’ve seen three examples of his work today and to complete a trio I thought I’d share this charming and possibly unique and complete chess set. Naturally individual pieces occasionally crop up, however, a complete set is something of a true marvel. We were fortunate to see this set in person at Whitley’s Auctioneers’ sale in California in June.

The unique set at Whitley Auctioneers’ June Sale

Tinworth is famous for his mouse studies and groups, apparently encouraged by no other than Sir Henry himself in their creation. This particular set dates to the last decade of the 20C.

An early photograph of a complete set c.1890.

Royal Doulton’s very own Darby and Joan

We are all no doubt familiar with the archetypical image of an old couple living out their time together quite contentedly and of course that is where the label ‘Darby and Joan’ originates.

Royal Doulton’s great modeller Leslie Harradine will certainly have been familiar with the many paintings and images of this famous pair including this image….

…with its stark similarities to his figures. As you can see both Harradine’s figures and the figures in the painting are dressed in 18C dress and it is from this time that the saying was in common use.

Darby HN 1427 and Joan HN 1422, both dates 1930.

This charming pair were introduced in 1930 and withdrawn at some point during WWII, before being reintroduced with a band of their most popular figures with a new HN number and paired down detail in the modelling. The latter were in production from 1949-59.