Category Archives: Colourways

Doulton’s ‘red’ ladies

Red has long been one of the most popular colours amongst figure collectors, but it took almost 20 years for Doulton to cotton on!

The earliest figures were produced in a rainbow of colours but it wasn’t until the late 1920’s that red colourways of figures began to emerge with the introduction of figures such as Kathleen, Priscilla and Rosina.

Thereafter there has been a parade of other red figures culminating in the late 1930’s and the immediate years after the war with the introduction if three of the most famous Doulton ladies ever: Top o’ the hill, Auntumn Breezes and of course Christmas Morn. The lengthy production of these figures not only stands as popular proof of the model but also the popularity of their colourways!

Here are a selection of my favourite ‘red’ ladies!

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Since the introduction of Christmas Morn there have been an array of other ladies in red – perhaps you have them in your collections?

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Doulton’s Titanian ware

There were two great Doulton art factories in the 1920’s, with others factories both in the UK and in Europe too where more utilitarian goods such as Doulton drainpipes and sanitaryware were produced.

In Burslem, where figure production had been revived, Doulton’s Art Director, C. J. Noke was simultaneously keen to establish and indeed re-discover many of the ancient Chinese transmutation glazes of yesteryear. He had already re-discovered, introduced to the public in 1904 at the St. Louis Exhibition and by the 1920’s firmly established the world famous Doulton Flambé glazes but Noke together with his team of assistants continued experimenting with glazes and bodies so that today we have other glaze wares including Chang, Chinese Jade and of course Titanian to collect.

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The diversity of Titanianwares from handpainted, to glaze, to seriesware.

The unique Titanian glaze uses a titanium oxide which results in a bluey colour and pieces of Titanian ware can vary from white to dark blue glazes.

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An unusual Titanian vase illustrating the varied colour of this glaze.

It was often used as the background to Doulton’s fine porcelain wares that were painted with typically birds but also oriental figures and flowers by leading artists including Harry Allen, F. Henri and Harry Tittensor.

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A charming Titanian vase and owl, handpainted.

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A group of desireable, floral Titanian vases.

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A typical Titanian vase signed F. Allen.

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A tall Titanian vase with a Bird of Paradise design.

Doulton’s seriesware was also in some instances given a Titanian glaze including the Sunset with Poplars range and of course the Tutankhamen set commemorating the opening of the Egyptian King’s tomb in the early 1920’s.

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A Titanian lidded sugar commemorationg the opening of Tutankhamen’s tomb.

Figures too were given the Titanian treatment and three of the rarest figures today are commonly found in Titanian when they occasionally do turn up, namely the Australian and New Zealand Digger figures and their British counterpart Blighty – all issued at the end of the first world war.

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The rare Blighty in a Titanian glaze.

The body of Titanian pieces can vary immensely from an egg-shell like porcelain to a heavy earthenware. This diversity in body is reflected in the price range for these wares, but this in turn allows varied scope for collectors today.

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Here is a heavily gilden earthenware Titanian rose bowl.

My own particular tastes when it comes to Titanian are for the unusual shapes and glaze effects rather than the handpainted items. The Titanian glaze was introduced in 1915 and in production until ca.1930  and so pieces of Titanian ware can be found if you have a keen eye or if you have a dealer onside who will search these pieces out.

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A catalogue page from 1924 illustrating the types of pieces that appeal to me.

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A group of interesting shaped Titanian vases.

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Above and below a lustred Titanian dish with butterfly.

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The former Doulton Museum at Nile Street

Just a few pictures from the old figure museum on one of the last times I visited ca.2002.
Thank goodness I had the chance to visit many times as sadly it was sold off many years ago now.
Whilst the museum was built up in relatively recent times, the figures in it formed the basis of the original Doulton Figures Book in 1978. They were sought from all corners of the globe by Richard Dennis and his then assistant Jocelyn Lukins before she left to set up on her own.

Anyway, enough chat…here are a handful of pictures! Enjoy…..

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Speaking of colourways of Doulton figures….here are a few more examples to enjoy!

Just a few more colourways, prototypes and rare figures to share with you all! Thanks once again to Seaway China for the use of their pictures too!

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An unusual Guy Fawkes

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A very different Orange Vendor

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The rare HN1563 version of Sweet and Twenty

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Abdullah in red

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A nice version of Repose in yellow

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Mam’selle in a typical 1920’s colouring

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A nice Deirdre dated 1947 that I once had

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Polly Peachum in grey

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A charming Ballerina prototype from the 1960’s

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An elaborately painted Young Love

 

And that’s all for colourways and prototypes for today!! Enjoy and keep hunting!

C

A short video to advertise my book Reflection – Royal Doulton figures as a reflection of their times

Follow this link for a sample of pages and a brief explanation of the book!

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An unusual colourway of Puff and Powder

Here are some pictures of an unusual Puff and Powder I once came across from Seaway China. She is decorated in the Bakst style like several of Harradine’s early figures of the 1920’s. Leon Bakst’s designs for the Ballet Russe were distinctive because of the use of contrasting fabrics placed together; something you can clearly see from this figure. Interestingly the piece is taken from a Raphael Tuck picture by Stanislaus Longley, an artist whose work Harradine regularly used as inspiration for figures but who is only credited with inspiring a handful of figures from the mid to late 1930’s rather than the 1920’s.
Here are the pictures to enjoy!

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