Animals have always been a popular giftware line for Doulton’s with many animal models even pre-dating the first introductions to their famous HN figure range in 1913.
A Titanian vase featuring an owl – always a popular subject!
One particular animal that always has collectors clamouring for it is the owl – produced in many variations from character examples, to realistic interpretations!
A very unusual version of Granny Owl.
Even before the early HN animals, owls featured in many Doulton Lambeth works of art! The great Leslie Harradine modelled this vase for reproduction; ‘night and day’ shown here with the owl central to the night panel!
There are further examples by the likes of Simmeon and Pope of garden statuary…
…and of course this charming Bibelot…
….and even this wonderful biscuit or tobacco jar in the form of an owl!
Returning to the Burselm studio, owls featured frequently in Doulton’s hand painted wares and in particular their Titanian range such as this example…
…and there is also a charming seriesware pattern featuring owls to collect – although examples are hard to find!
Doulton’s owl studies from the Burselm studio can be found in unusual glazes from Flambé to Sung, although once again these are hard to come by today!
Perhaps my favourite example is this character owl ‘Granny Owl’ HN 187, wrapped up in her shawl and who perhaps explains their popularity as it embodies that romantic feel Doulton owls have and why collectors fight to own these delightful studies!