Category Archives: Displays

Doulton’s dog derivatives…

Just when your cabinets are full to capacity you discover that there is something else to collect – so say all collectors!

Similarly with Doulton’s array of dogs, there is a derivative for everyone be it ….

A pencil holder/pin tray….

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A bust of your favourite breed…

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A bookend (shown minus the mahogany mount)…

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Ash trays….

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And even brooches…

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As with everything Doulton…they aimed to cater for every taste and the variety of objects that can be found is limitless and not restricted to the examples above.

On my own desk I have a calendar with a character Pekingese puppy and a stamp dish with a character fox.

The fun in collecting is not knowing what is around the corner and this field of collecting Doulton certainly offers that variety! Happy collecting!

Kate Greenaway’s influence on Doulton Seriesware

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The style of dress on this early teapot is clearly influenced by the illustrations if Kate Greenaway from Victorian times, although the actual designs on this and the sugar basin below are actually by C. Van Brown.

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This aesthetic style is so closely influence by Kate Greenaway that it could be one of her illustrations. She undoubtedly started something of a craze in Victorian times for this style of dress and decoration. She certainly revolutionised children’s books and clothes of the late 19th Century.

The designs illustrated actually belong to the Pastimes series produced around 1902.

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It wasn’t until 1978 that doulton actually used some of her illustrations on plates from her illustrations for an Almanack from 1884.

Of course there is also the series of 18 figures introduced from 1976 started by Peggy Davies and continued by Pauline Parsons all based on Kate Greenaway’s style.

Dishes, bookends and calendars!

Collectors are often bemused to see their cherished figures mounted on bookends, calendars and dishes! This trend began in the early 1920’s at the same time as the figure lamps were produced.

‘M’ series miniatures are perhaps most often associated with bookends and certain calendars like these below.
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Occasionally very rare figures turn up mounted on bases, such as this Crinoline Lady pin tray.

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Harradine’s small Dickens figures appear mounted on a variety of bases, like this selection too.

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Small Doulton animals are also found mounted as many different objects but particularly desk furniture. Here is a comical fox I found mounted as a stamp tray.

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And also a Sealyham begging mounted on this calendar.

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As many of you know Pekingese play an important part of my life and I have managed to assemble this small group of objects all with mounted Pekingese!

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Many of these objects, especially those mounted with sterling fittings would have been retailed by top jewellers of the period including Asprey and Garrards in London. Even more ‘normal’ objects such as pin trays were given sterling mounts so as to make them exclusive objects for top jewellers, such as this Shagreen pin dish (in an unusual blue) which has been given silver mounts to turn it into an an ashtray!

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This is only a sample of possible objects, and we would love to hear from you if you have other items mounted with Royal Doulton on our Doulton Collectors Facebook page!

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?

Happy collecting and remember we would love to hear from you on our Doulton Collectors Club Facebook page!

Doulton’s most unusual glazes: Sung, Chang and Chinese Jade

Charles Noke continued to experiment with glazes long after the departure of Cuthbert Bailey with whom he had perfected the Flambé glaze in the early 1900’s. And so in 1920 Sung was introduced, whereby painted decoration, colour and gilt are fused with the a flambé glaze.

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A stunning Sung vase.

I am sure you will agree that these pieces are magnificent. However, it is in the flesh that these pieces must be enjoyed to full effect as in this slide. Vases, large and small were decorated with exotic birds, pixies in woodlands, fish in seascapes along with many other subjects.

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Sung owls.

 

These pieces were painted principally by Harry Nixon, Arthur Eaton and Fred Moore. Sung glazes can be found on Buddhas, as can also be seen here in this advert from the 1920’s, a handful of suitable early figures from the HN range such as A Spook, as well as animals, in particular elephants, a favourite of Charles Noke can also be found.

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Orignial Sung advert ca. 1920.

FLM_Sung Foxes Curled HN117 (Small)

Sung curled foxes.

Another magnificent addition to the Burslem range in 1920 was the Chinese Jade glaze, imitating the ancient Chinese glazes of centuries before, by using a thick white glaze streaked with green. Pieces of Chinese Jade are exceptionally rare, due to the costliness of production, together with the high proportion of rejects due to the inherent difficulties in achieving this technique.

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Chinese Jade lidded bowl with ‘Despair’ HN596 as the finial (the name of this figure is only a name given when the original figure book was published in 1978 as there is no record of its actual name).

A variation of this ware exists whereby the green streaks are replaced by blue ones, and this extraordinarily rare glaze is aptly named Lapisware.

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A very rare Lapisware lamp base.

Another glaze worthy of inclusion here is perhaps the most magnificent of all. Chang ware was introduced in 1925 and involved a thick body upon which multi-coloured thick glazes were allowed to run and crackle – contrary to all usual pottery rules.

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Original Chang catalogue cover.

The results you can see from this slide are breathtaking. Nothing like this glaze had been sen before even in ancient times, and it was greeted by worldwide acclaim. Chang pieces are usually found with the monogram for Harry Nixon on their bases together with Noke, for either Charles or Jack Noke, who succeeded his father as art director in the late 1930’s. The addition of Noke’s name signified the quality such work achieved.

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Chang ginger jar and cover.

To finish here are a selection of other glaze pieces from the early 20th Century. Enjoy!

FLM_Sung Vase Gnomes in Tree 13H (Small) FLM_Sung Vase Gourd Shape 6H (Small) FLM_Chang Tobacco Jar (Small) FLM_Chang Vase 3 Tier 11H (Small)

The enchanting Lizana – another one not included in Reflections!

Inspired to share this next piece by a fellow collector who cherishes her Doulton figure Lizana, here is the inspiration behind her – a contemporary cigarette advert! Not quite PC today but the effort and detail put into advertising this brand of Abdulla cigarettes is to be marvelled, especially the rhyme at the bottom!

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(C) Christopher Evans 2014

Regency HN1752 finds a home in Doulton’s famous seriesware pattern Historic England!

A few years ago I spotted the tray below and instantly recognised my figure Regency as the character in the scene!

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The seriesware picture is faithfully copied from Harradine’s figure, save that the riding crop has changed hands and a feather has been added to the tricorn hat!

The story behind the seriesware pattern is that the lady is Dorothy Vernon, daughter of Sir George Vernon who owned Haddon Hall, who runs off with the son of the Earl of Rutland – a union opposed by the parents probably because of religious differences!

The series was introduced in 1938 and withdrawn by the early 1950’s.

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Once again Doulton surprises us with this link between the figure range and seriesware!

Royal Doulton’s Lustre wares Part 1

Doulton produced their lustre wares from the late 19th Century to the mid 20th Century, so there are plenty of variations to collect. Here is an interesting page from a Doulton catalogue from 1924 showing their range of lustred vases and bowls to collect.

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An early catalogue page.

Looking at the price list for these items, they were equivalent to other Doulton wares including Flambé and Titanian. Today these pieces are available at much more modest prices and many interesting shapes in vases etc…can be found.

Lustre is achieved by a thin metallic glaze being fired over the existing glaze. There are several transfer decorated items to collect in this lustre glaze, and one particular favourite of mine is this set featuring a japanese style tree and butterflies.

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A group of oriental inspired lustre pieces.

As always with Doulton expect the unexpected for I have seen the interior of vases with lustre glazes where just the flared lip of the vase can be seen to Titanian bowls with a lustre finish either inside and out or just lustred on the inside.

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A single view of the tall lustre vase. This shape was popular at the turn of the 20th Century and many fine pieces of handpainted Doulton can be found on this shape.

Figures and animals too were given a lustre glaze and in cases where the piece has lost its lustre it is impossible for us to tell that it would have had a lustre glaze as there was no special backstamp for this ware.

Doulton’s Williamsburg Figures

The original Williamsburg figures were introduced in 1960 and of course for this time were the models of the great Peggy Davies. Subsequently other figures were added to the series and also a set of Character Jugs.

These figures represented what would have been the major personalities of 18th Century Williamsburg, once the seat of government. Wherafter Williamsburg fell into decay and it wasn’t until the early 20th Century that the decision was made to restore this shrine of American Character and tradition. Each of the town’s buildings would be reconstructed and refurnished exactly to suit the dignity of its 18th Century heyday.

Today, side by side with the restored town, costumed tradesmen ply the trades of over 2 centuries ago – and this is where the inspiration for the range comes from. So we have a Silversmith, a Wigmaker, the famous Hostess and a lady and gentleman of the town among other characters.

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The eight figures in the series.

These figures had a special backstamp as shown below.

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The bases of the figures showing the special backstamp.

For me the great thing about this series is the opportunity to add other figures to it, for many of Peggy’s ‘Pretty Ladies’ fit ideally into this group of figures, as do Mary Nicoll’s character figures such as The Coachman HN2283, The Clockmaker HN2279 and of course her study of The Craftsman HN2284 (below).

 

 

 

 

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How do you pair your Doulton figures?

With so many collectors sharing views of their collections and enjoying arranging their collections, I thought I would share a few groups and pairings that I think work together. Enjoy!

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Patricia and The Paisley Shawl in two sizes.

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Camille and Fleurette look picture perfect together, as do Camilla and Virginia below.

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The lovely Pinkie and Monica.

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Bon Jour and a colourway of Miss Demure.

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Two sizes of Pierette.

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The Masqueraders with their interlocking bases, that allow them to kiss!

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Marie in a variety of colurways.

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Two versions of Goody Two Shoes.

So how do you choose which pieces to put together? Don’t forget to share your pictures on our facebook page: Doulton Collectors Club

Thanks

CE