Learn about Royal Doulton Figurines

There have been over 4000 different models of Royal Doulton figurines manufactured to captivate collectors. Production of these figures has been from 1890s (Doulton Lambeth) through to the present day with rarity, age, theme, colour and variations of individual designer determining the value of each figure.

Although Doulton had produced figures from the mid-19th century, production did not really take off until c1913 under modeller C. J. Noke, when the HN (for Harry Nixon, head of figure painting department) model numbering system was introduced for a new collection.

During the 20th century production mushroomed under the guidance of Noke and Leslie Harradine. Take care as some models have variations in colour and size which will have different HN numbers and will often have different values.

The design of figures tends to reflect the taste of the times in which they are made. more...

Learn about Royal Doulton History

The Doulton factory was established in 1815 in Lambeth, South London by John Doulton (1793 - 1873), who had previously been employed at the nearby Fulham Pottery. He initially had two partners, Martha Jones and John Watts, the former of who left the company in 1820, and the latter in 1854.

He began by producing practical and decorative stoneware, such as bottles and sewer pipes from his small pottery

John's son Henry (1820 - 1897) joined the company in 1835 and the production of stoneware items was expanded to include laboratory articles, sanitary ware and drainpipes, which were sold worldwide.

In the mid 1850s John Doulton began experimenting with a more decorative pottery items. Many glazes and decorative effects were developed including faience, impasto, silicon, carrara, marqueterie, chine, and rouge flambe.

From about 1860, Doulton began to revive earlier types of stoneware, such as copies of 18th-century vessels. The famous salt-glazed wares with blue decoration first appeared in 1862.

Through Henry Doulton, the pottery became associated with the Lambeth School of Art directed by John Sparkes from about 1866. more...

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Royal Doulton 'Scheherazade' figure. HN3835, limited edition 391/1500, height 26.5 cm

Royal Doulton 'St George' figure. HN2051, height 18 cm

Royal Doulton 'Indian Brave' figure. HN2376, limited edition #476/500, with certificate of authenticity, height 39 cm

Royal Doulton 'Diana the huntress' figure. HN2829, Myths & Maidens series. limited edition #130/300, with original box, height 30 cm

Royal Doulton 'Flower seller's children' figure. HN1342, height 20 cm

Boxed Royal Doulton 'Lady and the Unicorn' figure group. HN2825, Myths & Maidens series. limited edition #268/300, with original box, height 23 cm

Two Royal Doulton figures. Including 'Shore Leave,' HN2254; & 'Song of the sea,' HN2729, height 18.5 cm & 19.5 cm

Two Royal Doulton figures. Including 'The Boatman,' HN2417; & 'The Helmsman,' HN2499, height 17.5 cm & H23 cm

Early Royal Doulton 'The Potter' figure. HN1518. As inspected, fine hairline to base, height 19 cm

Early Royal Doulton 'Town Crier' figure. HN2119, height 22.5 cm

Royal Doulton 'William Shakespeare' figure. HN3633, Ltd. Ed. 257/1564, height 30 cm

Three Royal Doulton figures. Including 'Charlotte,' HN3811; 'Harriet,' HN3796; & 'Daisy,' HN3804, height 24 cm, H23 cm & H24 cm

Early Royal Doulton 'Good King Wenceslas' figure. HN2118, height 24 cm

Boxed Royal Doulton 'Juno and the peacock' figure. HN2827, Myths & Maidens series. limited edition #142/300, with original box, height 30 cm

Royal Doulton 'Winston S Churchill,' figure. HN3433, limited edition 1861/5000, height 31 cm

Four Royal Doulton figures. Including 'Stop press,' HN2683; 'The Parisian,' HN2445; 'Treasure Island,' HN2243; & 'Partners,' HN3119, height 20 cm, H21 cm, H12.5 cm & H17.5 cm

Boxed Royal Doulton 'Cleopatra' figure. HN2868, Les Femmes Fatales, limited edition #686/750, with original box, height 19 cm

Two Royal Doulton figures. Including 'Captain Cook,' HN2889; & 'The Captain,' HN2260, height 20 cm & H23.5 cm

Two Royal Doulton figures. Including 'Falstaff,' HN2054; & 'The Foaming quart,' HN2162, height 18 cm & H13.5 cm

Royal Doulton Prestige 'Princess Badoura' figure. HN2081. Signed 'R.W' and dated 16.4.81, height 54 cm

Early Royal Doulton 'Cobbler' figure. HN1706. Signed Noke, height 21 cm

Boxed Royal Doulton 'Field Marshall Montgomery' figure. HN3405, limited edition #40/1944, with certificate of authenticity & original box, height 30 cm

Royal Doulton 'Leda and the swan' figure. HN2826, Myths & Maidens series. limited edition #63/300, with original box, height 28 cm

Early Royal Doulton 'The Pied Piper' figure. HN2102, height 23 cm

Two Royal Doulton figures. Including 'The Wizard,' HN2877; & 'The Genie,' HN2989, height 25 cm & H26 cm

Boxed Royal Doulton 'Europa and the bull' figure group. HN2828, Myths & Maidens series. limited edition #64/300, with original box, height 28 cm

A rare first Version Royal Doulton figurine, 'The Bather', 1924, date of introduction, withdrawn 1949, HN687 designed by Leslie Harradine, 'The Bather' potted by Doulton & Co, and signed with decorator's initials J.P., depicting a r

An early Royal Doulton figure, 'Blue Beard,' HN1528, height 29 cm

A Royal Doulton figure, 'Writing,' HN3049, limited edition model no. 96/750, from the Gentle arts collection, designed by Peggy Davies, with original packaging & certificate of authenticity

A Royal Doulton figure, 'Adornment,' HN3015, limited edition model no. 301/750, from the Gentle arts collection, designed by Peggy Davies, with original packaging & certificate of authenticity

A Royal Doulton figure, 'Spinning,' HN2390, limited edition model no. 99/750, from the the Gentle arts collection, designed by Peggy Davies, with original packaging & certificate of authenticity

A Royal Doulton 'Yum Yum' figurine, HN2899, from the characters from Gilbert & Sutherland collection

A Royal Doulton 'Ruth the Pirate Maid,' figurine, HN2900, from the characters from Gilbert & Sutherland collection

A Royal Doulton 'The Pirate Kind' figurine, HN2901, from the characters from Gilbert & Sullivan collection

A Royal Doulton 'Eve' figurine from the 'Les Femmes Fatales' collection, HN2466, limited edition model no. 32/750, in original box and packaging and with a signed certificate of authenticity, modelled by Peggy Davies, height 24 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Harlequin,' HN2737, signed Eric J. Griffiths to base, height 34 cm

A large Royal Doulton figurine, 'Columbine,' HN2738, signed Eric J. Griffiths to base, height 33 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine of a Retriever with pheasant, HN2529, 20 x 29 cm

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