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an extensive selection of Royal Doulton Figurines that are MADE
IN ENGLAND. Enjoy the elegance and timeless beauty
of the highly-collectible Royal Doulton Figurines, or give a
gift for any occasion or taste at exceptional prices.
Dezign is your #1 source for Discontinued and Hard-to-Find Royal
Doulton Figurines. Grand Dezign is an Authorized
Royal Doulton Dealer, offering an extensive selection of Royal Doulton
Figurines at the LOWEST PRICES. Enjoy the elegance
and timeless beauty of the highly-collectible Royal Doulton Figurines,
or give a gift for any occasion or taste at exceptional prices.
All figurines presented in this website are in stock and will ship the
same day as purchase.
You can select from a wide variety of Character
Kings & Queens,
of the Realm,
& Child Studies
which also includes the Kate
We also offer Limited
Figurines in a Series such as The
Fair Ladies, Michael
of Covent Garden,
Country Maid Collection,
of the World,
from Children's Literature,
of the British Isles,
Doulton Collectors Club,
Davies Collection ,
Sporting Heritage, Flambe,
Edition Walt Disney Collection, and many more.
offer figurines in other categories such as Christmas,
of the Month, Figures
of the Year, Lord
of the Rings / Middle Earth, Miniatures,
& Hard-to-Find that include color variations and
antique figurines, Reflections
from Williamsburg. Take time and browse our website.
We hope you find one, two or even more figurines you cannot live
Brief History of Royal Doulton Figurines: In
1815, John Doulton invested the family savings of a hundred pounds in
a small business on the banks of the River Thames in Lambeth, London.
The Company quickly expanded and during the 1830s, John was
joined by his sons. It was his second son, Henry,
who was to become the driving force in the business. Under
Henry’s influence, sanitary ware and drainpipe manufacture
commenced, an art studio was opened at Lambeth and a factory was
acquired in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent for the manufacture of tableware.
Henry’s contribution to the ceramic industry was widely
acknowledged, and in 1887 he became the first potter to be knighted.
In 1897, the "Big Potter" died but it was in the
tribute to him that in 1901 the Company was granted the Royal Warrant
by King Edward VII and commanded to use the word "Royal" to
describe the Company and its products.
The factory at
Burslem developed rapidly during the last years of the nineteenth
century. The Art Director, John Slater, and his assistant, Charles
Noke, were responsible for introducing many new designs, for modeling
spectacular shapes and for inventing decorative techniques. The
success of the partnership was illustrated at the World’s Columbian
Exhibition in Chicago, USA, in 1893 when the Company was acclaimed as
" the leader in English pottery". Many new designs were on
show including the first freestanding Royal Doulton figures/figurines.
The introduction of
figures/figurines was one of Noke’s greatest ambitions and during
the early 20th century he developed this concept further.
In 1913 a second collection was introduced. Queen Mary who was
visiting the factory in that year saw one of the figures and
exclaimed, "isn’t he a Darling". The figure was renamed
"Darling" in her honor and several variation have been made
of this model through the years. A century after the first figures
were launched, over 5,000 different models have been produced. The
collection today is extensive and the collector has a wide choice
including Pretty Ladies, Character Studies, Images, Reflections,
Sentiments, as well as Limited Edition and Prestige models.
Doulton Insignia, Marks & Backstamps: Royal
Doulton uses the term backstamp to refer to the Royal Doulton factory
mark whether incised, printed or impressed. Over the years,
various backstamps have been used and these are invaluable in
determining the age of figures. For the Royal Doulton figures,
the basic mark incorporates the lion over the crown with the words
Royal Doulton surrounding four interlocking "Ds". This
backstamp was incorporated in 1901 to mark the grant of the Royal
Warrant by King Edward VII together with the specific right to use the
word "Royal" to designate Doulton productions. This
mark has been modified several times since 1922 by the addition of
information such as registration numbers, etc. The term 'Bone
China' is stated in the backstamp for figurines made of bone china and
it is omitted for those made of porcelain. Below are some
examples of Royal Doulton backstamps from different eras.
Royal Doulton Figurines Are Made: There are many people
involved in the creation of each Royal Doulton figurine, beginning
with the artist who meticulously transforms an image in his head, or a
drawing of a figure on paper, into a three-dimensional sculpture with
modeling clay. The sculptor creates the original clay model, paying
meticulous attention to every line and detail, as this will determine
the shape of the finished figure. Plaster of Paris production
moulds are then made from the original mould. Up to 60 separate
moulds can be used to make up one of the more complex figures.
Liquid clay or slip is poured into the moulds which, being porous,
absorb moisture from the slip to leave a coating of clay inside.
When the various parts are set, they are carefully removed from the
moulds and assembled by highly skilled figure-makers. Each Royal
Doulton figure is comprised of numerous parts. For example, the
'My Best Friend' has 13 pieces added to the body. And,
the prestige model of St. George and the Dragon has over 40
parts. The models are assembled by using slip to fix each piece
individually to the main body. Every tiny seam is then removed
by being brushed and sponged away by hand. The figure is then
placed in the kiln for the first or 'biscuit' firing at a temperature
for 9 hours. Every piece must be carefully positioned so it will
be fired at exactly the right temperature. As the moisture is
removed during this first firing, the figure shrinks by about 12
percent. After firing, the figure is dipped by hand into glaze
(liquid glass) which has the consistency of cream. It then
receives a second firing, at 1060°F
for 10 hours. This gives the figure a shiny appearance.
The figure is now ready for decoration. Several stages of
painting are required to achieve the required colors and shades.
Many different colors and up to five separate firings at 850°F
may be involved. Faces are painted with fine brushes and
delicate strokes, creating a character and expression unique to each
figure. The Royal Doulton backstamp is applied to the base of
the figure prior to the last firing.
and Glazes: The fair lady figures are made from bone china
which is a traditionally British body, composed of China clay, Cornish
stone and bone ash. Most character figures are made from English
Porcelain, a whiter colored body formerly known as English Translucent
China, which was pioneered by Royal Doulton chemists in 1959.
Before the invention of English Porcelain, many Doulton figures were
produced in an earthenware body, which is fired to a lower temperature
than china and is more porous. There are slight variations in
size between figures made of earthenware and those made of porcelain
and colors often look different on the two bodies. Most Royal
Doulton figures have a brilliant glossy glaze. In the early
1970s, however, some matte figures were produced and the matte finish
was also used for some limited edition subjects as it enhanced the
intricate modeling and gave a distinctive effect. A matte glazed
black basalt body has been used more recently in the Images range of
modern style sculpture.
are numerous ways to collect Royal Doulton figurines depending on the
areas of interest and taste of the collector. Royal Doulton
offers a wide variety figurines in many styles and subjects to choose
from. You are sure to find many Royal Doulton figurines that
would spark your interest in our extensive collection.
Royal Doulton Figurines by Artist: New collectors of Royal
Doulton figurines quickly gravitate towards a particular style of
figure and often discover that they favor the work of a specific
artist. In the early years, the artist was acknowledged on the
base of the figures and collectors could appreciate the diverse
modeling skills of artists such as Charles Noke, Harry Tittensor and
others. After a gap of many years, this practice was revived in
1984 when the artist's facsimile signature was incorporated in the
backstamp, making identification an easy as it had been previously.
The work of each Doulton artist has a distinctive quality, even though
their figures might be classified with many others as 'fair ladies' or
'character studies.' An experienced eye for Royal Doulton
figurines can quickly spot the difference between a Peggy Davies
crinoline lady and one by Leslie Harradine. Similarly, Mary
Nicoll's nautical figures are quite distinct from Bill Harper's.
Each of these artists has a wide following and the scope for
collecting their work is often vast and varied, particularly in the
case of Peggy Davies, who produced about 250 figures in her 40 year
career with Royal Doulton. Grand Dezign offers a sizeable
collection of Royal Doulton figurines by various Royal Doulton
designers, such as: Charles
V. Tootle, Eric
K. Harper, Robert
Royal Doulton Figurines by Period: It has been said of Royal
Doulton figurines that they are a reflection of the times in which
they are made. Certainly, with many of the subjects, it is
possible to attribute them to a particular period, based on costume,
fabric designs and hair styles. For the fashion conscious, it is
possible to create a cat-walk of costumes through the ages from the
Medieval period to the 21st century. Some collectors focus
exclusively on the styles of the 18th century costumes which were
notable for their wide hooped skirts. Other prefer Victorian
dresses with their flounced skirts and frothy petticoats.
Royal Doulton Figurines by Subject: Royal Doulton figures
can be collected and displayed beautifully in groups of related
subjects such as: Child Studies, Pretty Ladies, Character Figures,
Professions (such as Lawyer or Blacksmith), Middle-Eastern Men, the
World of Entertainment, Ballet, Literature, Historical Figures, and
many, many more . . .
Royal Doulton Figurines by Size: Royal Doulton has produced
figurines in several sizes. The M
represent a smaller version of some full size figurines. The
early M Series are about 3-4 inches in height. In 1988 Royal
Doulton revived the miniature series with figurines of 2 inches in
height. The average height of Royal Doulton lady figurines such
as the Pretty
about 8 inches. Some Limited Edition figurines and Prestige
made in larger sizes of 12, 14 or even 16 inches in height.
Royal Doulton Figurines by Series: Some collectors enjoy
collecting the figurines in series established by Royal Doulton with
specific number of figurines in the series, such as Kate
of the Realm
Others may choose series such as Happy
of the Year,
etc. Royal Doulton offers many series for various tastes.
Royal Doulton Figurines by Limited Edition, Prestige Figures and
Special Editions: For collectors seeking extra special
pieces, Royal Doulton has offered a collection of Prestige
New additions to this collection are added by Royal Doulton from time
Royal Doulton Figurines Colourways and Variations: From the
earliest days of the figures collection, some of the most popular
models of Royal Doulton figurines have been produced in alternative
colourways, such as the Autumn
For a period of time, the colourways production became less common.
However, the idea was revived during the 1980s and many of the popular
Royal Doulton figurines have since been produced in alternative color