What set Doulton apart from their several counterparts who were also trying to establish a market for figurative studies in the early 1900’s, was the quality and the detail of their studies.
One particular detail which today remains very popular with collectors throughout the world is the addition of hand modelled flowers.
These ranged from moulded tulips, to lilies, to daffodils, to forget-me-nots, to the more typical roses found on many 1930’s Doulton ladies.
This once praised ceramic technique has now all but died out in the potteries but lives on in the many figures produced by Doulton in the first half of the 20th Century.
Some of the most sought after figures today happen to be those with flowers and you can clearly understand their popularity when you see the extra detail, flowers make to these figures. During WWII restrictions figures were often simplified and I have seen versions of Harradine’s Honey carrying entirely moulded flowers!
In the post WWII period the number of flowers was reduced on popular figures including Roseanna and even changed on others including Day Dreams, which incidentally also became ‘Daydreams’ at some point in the late 1940’s.