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Royal Doulton is the quintessential English name in tableware and fine collectibles, with a storied history that dates back to 1815. Headquartered in Stoke-on-Trent, in Staffordshire, England (a place renowned for fine English china and ceramics,) it is now part of the Waterford Wedgwood group.
Royal Doulton began when John Doulton made a £100 investment in 1815, launching a partnership with Martha Jones and John Watts at a stoneware factory in Lambeth, London. They established the world's first stoneware pipe factory, and went on to become Britain's top Victorian manufacturer of sewer pipes.
From there, John worked with his son, Henry, to develop the business, and they soon took on artistic pottery, including ornamental, commemorative, and tableware products. They launched the Lambeth Studio with local designers and artists, who experimented with materials and glazes in pioneering work. In 1877. the company purchased a major factory in Staffordshire.
The company moved to Nile Street, Burslem in 'The Potteries' in 1882, attaining a Royal Warrant from King Edward in 1901 to effectively put the royal into Royal Doulton. A Royal Warrant is a mark of distinction bestowed upon people or companies who have regularly supplied members of the Royal Family with goods or services. These are regarded as a mark of supreme excellence and quality, and cannot be bought or sold. Presently, the Royal Doulton brand holds two Royal Warrants.
Today, Royal Doulton is no longer a family run business, but it remains a "family" of English brands, merging with Minton in 1968 and gaining Royal Albert in 1971. They became part of the Waterford family in 1980, and remain true to the founder's ideals of quality workmanship and excellence in design, with a Design Studio in Stoke-on-Trent, and state of the art production facility in Indonesia. A family link remains in Michael Doulton, the Honorary President of the Royal Doulton International Collector's Club (RDICC).
Royal Doulton terracotta tiles and ornamental architectural details have been used on the facades of many buildings around the world, including several buildings in Canada - among them the Hotel Vancouver and the Southam Building in Montreal, the Bloor-Gladstone Library in Toronto and St. John's Church in Saskatoon.
As a company, Royal Doulton very early on developed a culture of innovation - married to a quality heritage - which lives today in its tableware and collectibles.
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I received this very well packaged mail and when I opened it Shauna took my breath away. Every detail so painstakingly placed and the colour was opulent.This is a crown piece worthy of its depiction of time for Royal Doulton Anniversary. You will NEVER regret this purchase. The pin is an added bonus and is well executed. Bravo Royal Doulton Bravo!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Royal Doulton namesake - Shauna 8.25
from Lake Echo, NS
I have been purchasing Royal Doulton for my mother for years now, adding to her collection. I have been waiting for RD to name one after my mother but when I saw the Showstopper with MY name and it was spelled exactly the way I spell Shauna, I had to buy her for my Mom. I told my sons about my excitement and my eldest son bought her for me for Valentine's Day. No one ever expected to see my name on a figurine, let alone a limited edition which is simply beautiful. The details are exquisite and Royal Doulton has once again gone beyond expectations. The richness of her green dress against her brunette hair is stunning. I love everything about her. I never expected Royal Doulton to use my name on one of their figurines. Thank you Royal Doulton and TSC.
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Shauna Limited Edition Figurine
How absolutely refreshing to see the colour green used. It's rather an olive green with highlights.The hint of green in the petticoat with the darker green on the edges of the ruffles of the petticoat make it look very elegant with the creamy gold stole completing the look.Of course the little green toe peaking out from under the dress really completes the ensemble.The Swarovski emerald crystal pendant is a lovely addition.
Royal Doulton 8.25
By Ms. Happy
from Winnipeg, Manitoba
This is my very first Royal Doulton purchase, but it won't be my last. This figurine is simply beautiful. I am very impressed with Royal Doulton. Now I know why it is so famous. Why did I wait so long to make a purchase? Thank you for a beautiful brooch as well.
What a beautiful doll.
Very nice color of green and I like the size. She is a big doll compared to my Margaret Doll. Love her. I would really like to see a Stacey Doll also.
Rich in color
By AP Montreal
from Montreal, Quebec
A very pretty Royal Doulton. The hair is a rich auburn and the dress is a deep green with yellow highlights, made to look like the colors of an emerald. The only thing I do not like is the off-white trim at the bottom of the dress. I would have prefered a cleaner, brighter white. The figurine has a full bodied skirt and a lovely stance.The gold trim designs are a nice touch. I wonder how she would look in a red dress? Just a thought...