About the Artist:
Royal Doulton was an English company producing tableware and collectables, dating from 1815. Operating originally in London, its reputation grew in The Potteries, where it was a latecomer compared to Royal Crown Derby, Royal Worcester, Wedgwood, Spode and Mintons. Its products include dinnerware, giftware, cookware porcelain, glassware, collectables, jewelry, linens, curtains and lighting.
The Royal Doulton company began as a partnership between John Doulton, Martha Jones, and John Watts, with a factory at Vauxhall Walk, Lambeth, London trading as Jones, Watts & Doulton in 1815. After Martha Jones left the partnership in 1820, the trade name was changed to Doulton & Watts. The business specialized in making stoneware articles, including decorative bottles and salt glaze sewer pipes. The company took the name Doulton & Co. in 1853 after the retirement of John Watts.
More than 100 years later in 1971, S. Pearson & Son, Ltd., a subsidiary of the Pearson industrial conglomerate acquired Doulton & Co. Pearson & Son owned Allied English Potteries and merged operations into Doulton & Co. All brands from Allied English Potteries and Doulton & Co. Ltd. — including Royal Doulton, Minton, Beswick, Dunn Bennett, Booths, Colclough, Royal Albert, Royal Crown Derby, Paragon, Ridgway, Queen Anne, Royal Adderley and Royal Adderley Floral — were moved under the umbrella of Royal Doulton Tableware, LTD. Waterford Wedgwood completed a takeover of Royal Doulton in 2005, acquiring all assets and brands.
This playful miniature porcelain figurine, made by the Royal Doulton Company in the early 1980s, depicts a brown-striped and white kitten cleaning herself by licking one of her back paws. The kitten’s eyes are closed while her delicate pink tongue licks her paw. The portrayal is one of serenity, and so the figurine captures a delightful scene.
This miniature figurine is in excellent vintage condition, free of cracks, scratches, chips and crazing of the glaze. The Royal Doulton hallmark appears in blue on the bottom of the kitten.
This Royal Doulton figurine makes for a wonderful gift for any special occasion. In addition, this beautifully detailed kitten would add great value to your own porcelain collection. This piece is sure to become a treasured heirloom in your family.