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The inspiration behind Royal Doulton’s Easter Day.

Collectors of Royal Doulton’s world famous figurines are aware of the many sources that inspired figures from stars of the theatre, to calendar and card designs published by the likes of Raphael Tuck & sons.

However, one particular star of Royal Doulton’s HN range was inspired by the great actress Vivien Leigh in her role in the legendary film Gone with the Wind in which she played Scarlett O’Hare.

Here you can see a press cutting along with an early dated version of Easter Day from 1943; incidentally two years after she was originally modelled. Also in the picture is a very similar looking prototype from 1942 that I display along side the large size figure.

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A celebration of Doulton’s Jackdaw of Rheims seriesware pattern


The cover of an early pictoral edition of the poem.

Doulton’s seriesware pattern the Jackdaw of Rheims is of course based on the Victorian poem by Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Manor, actually a pen-name of an English clergyman named Richard Harris Barham, and his verse is famous for its wit and heroic tales. Of the many Ingoldsby legends this is perhaps his most popular and so it is no surprise that Doulton chose to base a seriesware pattern upon this story.


A page from a Doulton catalogue advertising this story ca. 1906.

The story starts with a scene at the Cardinal’s Court in Rheims, where a stately feast is taking place, thereafter the cardinal’s ring mysteriously disappears, a fearsome curse is then placed by him on the unknown thief, it’s terrible effect is seen upon the poor jackdaw and finally the jackdaw’s return to favour are vividly described for us.


A pair of early sugar bowls.

These colourful incidents provide the inspiration for Doulton’s series and lend themselves so well to pictorial illustration as can be seen. First introduced in 1906 there are typically an array of scenes and shapes to collect.




Three views of a large fruit bowl including the inscription around the inside edge of the bowl.

Today this seriesware pattern remains amongst the most sought after and more unusual shapes and scenes can make a considerable dent in the wallet.

Doulton described the series as a”Keramic Edition” of this famous tale and so it is, with sections of the verse used as part if the illustrations.


Royal Doulton Flambé – the King of Egyptian commemoratives

Royal Doulton always followed the mantra of offering something for everyone and this certainly rings true when you consider the variety of wares produced over the last 100 years to commemorate Egypt’s great history.

From seriesware such as Tutenkhamen’s Treasures series, to handpainted desert scene pieces, to Flambé pieces, to figures ….. here once again there is something for everyone.

As a child I remember being fascinated by all things Egyptian – a study whilst at school, a trip to museums with grandparents…all fuelled this mania. This mania gripped the world in the early 1920’s with the discovery of this now world famous tomb and Doulton was at the front of the queue to produce commemorative pieces for this event.

One of the most striking series Doulton produced is the Flambé range of wares, featuring  pyramids, the sphinx and numerous other desert scenes. Here are a selection of pieces for you to enjoy!


A striking 14″ vase with a variety of scenes from Cairo.


The same vase on the left, together with two variations of Egyptian scenes to suit the shapes of their respective vases.

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.


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.


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.


A charming Titanian vase and owl, handpainted.


A group of desireable, floral Titanian vases.


A typical Titanian vase signed F. Allen.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


A group of interesting shaped Titanian vases.


Above and below a lustred Titanian dish with butterfly.


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