Royal Doulton Figurines

Value Guide

Artful, detailed, and manufactured to the highest standards, Royal Doulton figurines are among the most sought after by collectors. The Doulton name has been associated with ceramics since 1815 when John Doulton bought a small pottery in Vauxhall Walk, Lambeth, England forming a partnership with the pottery's former owner Martha Jones and the foreman John Watts. The original company was named Jones, Watts and Doulton. With the passage of time and the growth of the company there were several name changes. Jones withdrew from the partnership in 1820 and the company became Doulton and Watts. Beginning in 1853 after a merger with John's son Henry Doulton the company began to operate as Doulton and Company. Finally in 1901 after receiving the royal warrant from King Edward VII the company began to use the name Royal Doulton.

Although the earliest works of the enterprise were industrial wares, by the latter half of the 19th century the firm was developing its decorative lines and in the 1890s the first figurines were introduced. In 1913 the company began assigning "HN" numbers to figurines, beginning with HN1. At first all HN numbers were issues sequentially, however beginning in about 1940 numbers were allocated in blocks. Over the decades Royal Doulton has produced over 3,500 different figurines in numerous series including Pretty Ladies, Dickens, Shakespeare, Images and Prestige. The values for individual figurines presented here are derived from numerous sources including prices realized at auctions and dealer price lists. There are many factors that influence the value of a figurine including scarcity, condition, and popularity of an individual subject. Although age is certainly a factor, many modern figurines will fetch significant prices especially when they are from popular, limited edition runs.

Abdullah
HN2104
Dates Avaliable: 1953-1962
Designer: Leslie Harradine
Description: Abdullah sitting on his couch. $350-$500
Affection
HN2236
Dates Avaliable: 1962-1994
Designer: Peggy Davies
Description: Girl sitting on a bench.$100-$140
Afternoon Tea
HN1747
Dates Avaliable: 1835-1982
Designer: P. Railston
Description: Two ladies sitting on a couch.$200-$480
Alice
HN2158
Dates Avaliable: 1960-1981
Designer: Peggy Davies
Description: From Lewis Carol's Alice in Wonderland.$140-$200
Balloon Man
HN1954
Dates Avaliable: 1940-2006
Designer: Leslie Harradine
Description: Holding his ballons.$175-$330
Bedtime Story
HN2059
Dates Avaliable: 1950-1996
Designer: Leslie Harradine
Description: Mother and two children. $225-$330
Bon Jour
HN1888
Dates Avaliable: 1938-1949
Designer: Leslie Harradine
Description: Lady in a red dress.$1800-$2250
Camille
HN1586
Dates Avaliable: 1933-1949
Designer: Leslie Harradine
Description: Lady dressed in red and pink.$900-$1500
Celeste
HN2237
Dates Avaliable: 1959-1971
Designer: M. Davies
Description: Lady is a turquoise gown.$125-$200
Clockmaker
HN2279
Dates Avaliable: 1961-1975
Designer: Mary Nicoll
Description: Man repairing a clock.$145-$300
The Crinoline
HN8
Dates Avaliable: 1913-1938
Designer: George Lambert
Description: First of the Fair Ladies figurines. Lavendar.$3300-$3600
The Crinoline
HN9
Dates Avaliable: 1913-1938
Designer: George Lambert
Description: Pale Green variation of HN8.$3300-$3600
Darling
HN1
Dates Avaliable: 1913-1928
Designer: Charles Vyse
Description: Young child named by Queen Mary who reportedly said "Isn't he darling" when she saw the figure.$3300-$3600
Debutante
HN2210
Dates Avaliable: 1963-1967
Designer: M. Davies
Description: Girl in curtsey at a ball.$180-$250
Dunce
HN6
Dates Avaliable: 1913-1938
Designer: Charles J Noke
Description: Light blue - extremely rare.$25000-
Dorcas
HN1558
Dates Avaliable: 1933-1952
Designer: Leslie Harradine
Description: Lady holding a basket of tulips.$275-$425
Easter Day
HN1976
Dates Avaliable: 1945-1951
Designer: Leslie Harradine
Description: Lady dressed in white and green with flowers.$395-$550
Elizabeth Fry
HN2
Dates Avaliable: 1913-1936
Designer: Charles Vyse
Description: Lady dressed in pale blue.$10000-
Ermine Coat
HN1981
Dates Avaliable: 1945-1967
Designer: Leslie Harradine
Description: Lady dressed in a white ermine coat.$260-$380
Falstaff
HN3236
Dates Avaliable: 1989-1990
Designer: Cecil J. Noke
Description: Shakespearean character. Part of the Minature Series.$85-$100
Fiona
HN3252
Dates Avaliable: 1989-1992
Designer: Douglas Tootle
Description: Lady trying to catch her hat.$275-$300
First Steps
HN2242
Dates Avaliable: 1959-1965
Designer: Peggy Davies
Description: Mother helping her child take his first steps.$325-$450
Forty Winks
HN1974
Dates Avaliable: 1945-1973
Designer: H. Fenton
Description: Old woman napping in a chair.$230-$275
Friar Tuck
HN2143
Dates Avaliable: 1954-1965
Designer: M. Davies
Description: Character from the Adventures of Robin Hood.$400-$500
Gaffer
HN2053
Dates Avaliable: 1950-1959
Designer: Leslie Harradine
Description: Old man with walking stick and sack.$250-$350
Good Catch
HN2258
Dates Avaliable: 1966-1986
Designer: Mary Nicoll
Description: Fisherman with his fish. Part of the Sea Characters series.$150-$225
Harlequin
HN2186
Dates Avaliable: 1957-1969
Designer: Peggy Davies
Description: Part of the Teenagers series.$150-$200
Heart To Heart
HN2276
Dates Avaliable: 1961-1971
Designer: Peggy Davies
Description: Two ladies having a heart-to-heart talk.$300-$450
Henry VIII
HN3350
Dates Avaliable: 1991
Designer: P. Parsons
Description: England's famous king holding a falcon on his arm. $2200-$2500
Irene
HN1621
Dates Avaliable: 1934-1951
Designer: Leslie Harradine
Description: Lady in a gown of yellow$475-$625
Janet
HN1916
Dates Avaliable: 1939-1949
Designer: Leslie Harradine
Description: Lady dressed in pink and blue. $275-$325
Joker
HN2252
Dates Avaliable: 1990-1992
Designer: Mary Nicoll
Description: Part of the Clowns collection. Clown holding balloons.$350-$400
Kathleen
HN2933
Dates Avaliable: 1983-1987
Designer: Sharon Keenan
Description: Lady holding a paintbrush and pallet.$175-$225
Ko Ko
HN2898
Dates Avaliable: 1980-1985
Designer: William Harper
Description: Part of the Gilbert and Sullivan series from the comic opera The Mikado.$795-$950
Lady April
HN1965
Dates Avaliable: 1941-1949
Designer: Leslie Harradine
Description: Lady dressed in green and pink holding a bouquet.$900-$1100
Lady Charmian
HN1948
Dates Avaliable: 1940-1973
Designer: Leslie Harradine
Description: Lady dressed in turquoise and red.$150-$275
Lynne
HN2329
Dates Avaliable: 1971-1996
Designer: Peggy Davies
Description: Dancing lady dressed in green.$150-$180
Market Day
HN1991
Dates Avaliable: 1947-1955
Designer: Leslie Harradine
Description: Peasant woman holding a goose.$300-$330
Master
HN2325
Dates Avaliable: 1967-1992
Designer: M. Davies
Description: Man with walking stick and dog.$160-$200
Milking Time
HN3
Dates Avaliable: 1913-1938
Designer: Phoebe Stabler
Description: Woman with goat - extremely rare.$25000+
Pedlar Wolf
HN7
Dates Avaliable: 1913-1938
Designer: Charles J Noke
Description: A wolf dressed in pedlar's robes - extremely rare.$10000+
Picardy Peasant
HN4
Dates Avaliable: 1913-1938
Designer: Phoebe Stabler
Description: Woman with white hat and blue skirt.$2500+
Picardy Peasant
HN5
Dates Avaliable: 1913-1938
Designer: Phoebe Stabler
Description: Woman in gray - extremely rare.$10000+
Robin Hood
HN2773
Dates Avaliable: 1985-1990
Designer: William Harper
Description: The Prince of Thieves dressed in green with a pitcher and a quiver of arrows$195-$250
Scottish Highland Dancer
HN2436
Dates Avaliable: 1978
Designer: Peggy Davies
Description: Limited edition from the Dancers of the World series$1500-$1650
T'zu-hsi, Empress Dowager
HN2391
Dates Avaliable: 1983
Designer: Peggy Davies
Description: Limited edition from the Les Femmes Fatales series$1100-$1200

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