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Is There A Royal Doulton Figurine To Suit All Tastes?

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 02:00PM
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One of the things we think is so great about Royal Doulton figurines is the sheer range of them available. Whether sentimental, touching or nostalgic, each type of figurine is different and has its own kind of character.

And it's because of the sheer number of different figurines available that it's natural to wonder if there really is one for everyone.

People can have very diverse tastes, and some people would say they have no interest in figurines at all. But with a little digging around, seeing exactly what is out there, it's probably possible to find something that even the most fickle person would enjoy.

This is good news for those people looking for a new ornament to put on their shelf, to brighten up their living room, dining room, or wherever.

But it's also really good news for anyone looking for the perfect gift for their friends or loved ones. Figurines make perfect presents, and receiving a beautiful Royal Doulton figurine could mark the start of a new hobby or interest on their part.

Just as many people don't necessarily realise they wanted something until it is provided for them, it may take receiving one of these beautiful pieces for some to see how rewarding collecting and displaying them can be.

That the figurines have such wide appeal is particularly noteworthy when you consider that unlike many consumer goods, the Royal Doulton Company did not produce figurines with broad commercial appeal in the forefront of their minds.

Though they can be, and are, enjoyed by people of all ages, over the years and from all walks of life, it's not as if each piece was designed with the intention that they be easy to sell to a particularly wide audience.

Rather, each one was treated as art, there was not mass production on the scale that one might expect, and each one was a little different - in other words, true collectors items.

Such goods don't normally become as popular and well recognised as have Royal Doulton figurines - it's remarkable that despite being high-quality artistic goods, they can still appeal to anyone.

Whether it's the Ladies or Historical figures collections, or the classic Images of Nature, once you start looking you feel like you have to see them all. So for a good idea of what each figurine has to offer different types of person, there's no better way to find this out than to look through the extensive back catalogue of pieces and decide for yourself!

What Should Every Collector Of Royal Doulton Figurines Know?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 02:00PM
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'Buttercup' - Royal Doulton Lady figurine

Collecting Royal Doulton figurines is an incredibly rewarding hobby. But as with any hobby, your experience can always be enriched by a more in-depth understanding or knowledge of what it is you do.

That way, you're best equipped to look after your collection, spot bargains and impress your fellow collectors.

Perhaps you're new to collecting Royal Doulton figurines, or perhaps you're a more experienced enthusiast who would just like to refresh their understanding of their trade. Either way, we're sure you'll spot one or two tips here that you weren't aware of.

Terms of the trade

Collectors of Royal Doulton figurines, like all hobbyists, have their own special terms and vocabulary that might not immediately make sense to the general public.

In particular, there are some terms that might be used one way by enthusiasts, but understood in a different way by the general public.

For example, 'limited edition' and 'limited production' sound similar but actually refer to different concepts. 'Limited edition' pieces are by definition produced in small numbers, but 'limited production' pieces are manufactured for a short space of time. The latter are not necessarily rare (there might be tens of thousands of them available), and so the term might be used misleadingly to indicate wares are more valuable than they really are.

Make sure you study up and look up any terms that you're unsure on before buying.

Check the markings

A seal of authenticity can be found on all Royal Doulton wares. This stamp not only reassures that you have a genuine article on your hands, but also contains information about the designer, the date, and therefore, the value of the piece.

Royal Doulton has used a few different dating systems throughout its history, and the method of interpreting a stamp is far from obvious. We've written a brief primer before on how to read Royal Doulton stamps, but your best bet may be to ask an expert for a valuation.

Cleaning your figurines

Even if they're stored safely in a cabinet, your figurines are almost certain to get a little dusty once in a while.

It's perfect safe to clean them, as long as you use a little care. Use a solution of water with a little soap and use a soft cloth to dab at the figurine. A microfibre cleaning clothis ideal as it attracts dust and will help with all the nooks and crannies on the surface of the figures.

Be certain not to scrub your pieces, as you may accidentally take away some of the paint or chip the surface.

Got any more tips for collectors? Feel free to share them in the comments.

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