Royal Doulton Figurines - Your Questions Answered

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Royal Doulton figurines made a splash as a popular collectible that has stood the test of time. With more than 4000 distinctive pieces produced since 1913 the design and subject of Royal Doulton figurines have evolved over the years to reflect the times. For example, some of these porcelain figurines depicted famous literary, historical, or cultural characters, while others were designed to a specific theme or created and signed by well-known artists of the time.

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Because Royal Doulton has become a cultural and collectible phenomenon, no doubt, you have or have known someone who has collected these porcelain figurines. With so many Royal Doulton models, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. 

 At Around the Block, we regularly stock a curated selection of collectible figurines from the most popular brands, including Herend, Lladro, Hummel, Beswick, and, of course, Royal Doulton.

From the Royal Doulton ladies to more seasonal items such as Royal Doulton ornaments, we've been a go-to destination for Royal Doulton collectibles for over 12 years. Because of this, we often get questions about the value of Royal Doulton  and the availability of specific models.

In this blog post, we answer the most frequently asked questions we get about Doulton figurines. If you have a specific question, reach out using our Contact Us page.

Are Royal Doulton figurines valuable?

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Some Royal Doulton figurines are relatively affordable, while others can command much higher prices. Like all collectible items, Doulton figurines' value varies depending on a number of factors, including popularity, scarcity, and the piece's condition.

Which figurines are the most valuable?

Some of the rare royal Doulton figurines such as the  Bather (1928), La Victoire Crowing Cockerel (1900), Bluebeard with Plume on Turban (1917 - 1935), and others have brought in thousands of dollars at auction houses in recent years, but most the value of these porcelain figurines are not set in stone. You can uncover approximate costs in reputable price guides and online, but when you have a Royal figurine you want to be appraised, it's best to bring it to an expert.

What does HN mean on Royal Doulton?

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The "HN" is part of a numbering system stamped on the figurines to identify the pattern and date it was first introduced. These initials stand for Harry Nixon, who headed the company's painting department in the early 1900s.

Are Royal Doulton figurines still made in England?

Royal Doulton still offers a wide variety of products, including figurines, although the vast majority are now crafted outside England.

Where is the best place to sell Royal Doulton figurines?

If you live in the GTA, Around the Block is an excellent resource for selling or buying Doulton figurines on consignment. For 12 years, we have specialized in selling figurines of all varieties.

Around the Block Consignment - The Destination for Collectible Figurines in Toronto

Are you new to porcelain figurines and interested in beginning a collection? Are you looking for a specific piece to complete a series? During this holiday shopping season, you could consider a Royal Doulton china figurine as a gift for a special person, whether it be a collector, a new mom, someone's namesake, or a beloved literary character. Regardless of the reason, Around the Block welcomes you to peruse our curated selection online or our entire collection in our showroom.

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