10 Most Valuable Royal Doulton Figurines: Value Guide

Most Valuable Royal Doulton Figurines
Five Royal Doulton Pretty Ladies figures: Special Gift, Irish Charm, English Rose and two Gabrielle, as new, boxed Source: David Duggleby

The Royal Doulton figurines are exquisite vintage items, so we aren’t surprised they interest you. We also know its popularity causes a proliferation of subpar duplicates in the market, which can be a hassle for new collectors.

Because these historical mementos typically depict notable characters from Children’s storybooks, real-life, and adult plays, they’re one of the highest valued in the antique and vintage figurines market.

While some Royal Doulton figurines sell relatively cheap for less than $50, others command a whopping value of over $5,000 due to special factors. You can find approximate costs in reputable price guides and online, but it’s not always fixed. 

We’ve done the heavy lifting for you by sorting through current auctions for Royal Doulton figurines and compiled a list of the ten most valuable models in the world today. Also, we added a comprehensive guide on identification and appraisal.

No.
Name
Model Number
Year
Price
1.
The Bather
N.A.
1928
$8,100
2.
La Victoire Crowing Cockerel
N.A.
1900
$5,387.06
3.
Bluebeard with Plume on Turban
HN75
1917 – 1935
$5,379.20
4.
Ellen Terry as Queen Catherine
HN1379
1920 – 1949
$3,600
5.
Darling
HN1319
1913
$3,500
6.
Les Saisons Hiver (Winter)
HN3069
1985
$2,995
7.
Pretty Lady
HN0070
1916 – 1938
$2,241
8.
Romeo and Juliet
HN3113
1990 – 1999
$1,500
9.
 Suzhou Monkey
BA40
2000
$1,099
10.
Prestige Matador and Bull
HN2324
1964
$875

Top Ten Most Valuable Royal Doulton Figurines in The World

We curated this list from trusted price guides to give you the top ten most valuable Royal Doulton Figurines. From this list, you can decide at a glance which model speaks to you, and enter the market prepared.

No more talks of undervaluing your Royal Doulton figurines as a seller, or spending excess money as a buyer. Let’s dive in.

10. Prestige Matador and Bull

Year: 1964

Price: $875

Model No: HN2324

Prestige Matador and Bull
Prestige Matador and Bull Source: Bidsquare

 

If you love the thrill of a bullfight, then this rare Prestige Matador and Bull figurine is for you. It transports you to a bull pit with a daring matador waving his muleta in the face of a raging bull. If you look closely, you’ll see the careful detailing of the bull’s movement.

It took artisans at least twelve months to complete this 2 ft 24-inches long and 16-inches high porcelain figurine. Watch the production processD of your favorite Royal Doulton figurines in this video.

9. Suzhou Monkey

Year: 2000

Price: $1,099

Model No: BA40

Suzhou Monkey
ULTRA RARE “Suzhou Monkey” Royal Doulton Flambe Figurine Source: Etsy

This limited-edition Royal Doulton figurine is number 36 of 250 models produced. The 9-inches wide and 8½-inches tall figurine depicts a Suzhou Monkey. Unlike typical Royal Doulton Figurines that pass through high-glaze, this model is flambéed Chinese-style.

It’s a more recent design and from the early 21st century, but collectors love it for the blood red color. Asian mythology (especially Chinese) insists it brings good luck, and fortune. Take note that this model has a unique ID number because of its collaboration with Hummel Figurines.

 

8. Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Series 1)

Year: 1990-1999

Price: $1,500.00

Model No: HN3113

Royal Doulton Great Lovers Romeo & Juliet HN3113 Signed Ltd Ed
Royal Doulton Great Lovers Romeo & Juliet HN3113 Signed Ltd Ed Source: Etsy

This figurine is a porcelain depiction of the couple Romeo and Juliet’s garden scene. You can see Juliet sitting in a pink dress listening attentively to Romeo as he professes to love.

Romeo wears a typical 20th-century outfit of red man tights, a purple tunic, and a black vest. When you look closely, you’d appreciate the detailing of the gold embroidery on the vest and his collar – a seemingly tiny detail that reminds you of his noble status.

Two white doves sit on the roof of a two-story building behind the couple, resting against a floral wall. It’s a simple scenery, but the details make it so much more exquisite, in Royal Doulton style.

 

7. Pretty Lady

Year: c. 1916 – 1938

Price: $2,241

Model No: HN0070

Rare and Precious Royal Doulton, England - circa 1916
Rare and Precious Royal Doulton, England – circa 1916 Source: Etsy

The Pretty Ladies of Royal Doulton figurines are part of the first group models designed. Harry Tittensor crafted this high glazed porcelain in the Grande Dame collection. Because it’s a retired model, this Pretty Lady is a rare find.

She’s about 9.5 inches tall, wearing a powder blue dress with a full skirt. The designer Tittensor is also one of the most respected Royal Doulton artisans, so prepare to part with some cool cash, and it’ll be worth every cent of your dollar.

6. Les Saisons Hiver (Winter)

Year: 1985

Price: $2,995

Model No: HN3069

Very Rare Royal Doulton HN3069 Les Saisons Hiver - Winter 1985 Original BOX
Very Rare Royal Doulton HN3069 Les Saisons Hiver – Winter 1985 Original BOX Source: eBay

This Winter figurine is one-third of a 4-series handmade and decorated limited-edition Royal Doulton figurines. Robert Jefferson inspired this design of which only 300 existed in the world at the time of production. It could be significantly less today, making this piece a rare find.

This 11½-inch tall standing on a 7” x 3” base Royal Doulton figurine shows a woman in a thick white cloak. She has brown hair braided in pigtails on each side of her face and forms her hand uniquely. She stretches the right hand horizontally and folds the left also horizontally.

5. Darling

Year: 1913

Price: $3,500

Model No: HN1319

Royal Doulton Darling HN1319
Royal Doulton Darling HN1319 Source: Doultoncollectorsclub

The Royal Doulton Darling figurine is a child in an immaculate white nightgown. He stands in a contemplative pose at 7.75-Inches Tall on a 2 7/8-Inches black square base. It’s simple, as it captures the essence and innocence of childhood.

4. Ellen Terry as Queen Catherine (Shakespeare Series 1)

Year: 1920 – 1949

Price: $3,600

Number: HN1379

Royal Doulton, England HN 379 Ellen Terry as Queen Catherine 12.25
Royal Doulton, England HN 379 Ellen Terry as Queen Catherine 12.25 Source: Etsy

This C.J. Noke hand-painted model is a rare Royal Doulton figurine of Ellen Terry as Queen Elizabeth from Shakespeare’s Henry VIII. Its vibrant colors tell a story of porcelain glazed in the hottest kiln.

She stands at 12.25-inches in Queenly regalia of purple, blue, green, white, silver, and gold. We’ll warn you, though, that the figurine tilts her head downwards to the side naturally, so don’t panic. Your Royal Doulton queen isn’t damaged; she’s just a nosy royal.

3. Bluebeard with Plume on Turban

Year: 1917 – 1935

Price: $5,379.20

Model No: HN75

ROYAL DOULTON BLUE BEARD WITH PLUME ON TURBAN HN75
ROYAL DOULTON BLUE BEARD WITH PLUME ON TURBAN HN75 Source: Invaluable

The Royal Doulton Bluebeard is a rare figurine depicting a character from the One thousand and One Arabian Nights folklore. It’s a man dressed in middle-eastern attire – a blue and yellow robe, white inner garment, and orange turban – spotting a long black beard with folded arms.

2. La Victoire Crowing Cockrel

Year: 1900

Price: $5,387.06

Model No: Unknown

Extremely Rare Circa 1900 Royal Doulton Cockerel Figurine Designed by John Broad
Extremely Rare Circa 1900 Royal Doulton Cockerel Figurine Designed by John Broad Source: eBay

The La Victoire Crowing Cockerel belongs to Royal Doulton Figurines’ rare stonewares produced before 1913. Famed designer John Broad crafted it with realistic lines to highlight the movement and feather texture.

It’s also one of the few Royal Doultons with the designer’s initials as signature instead of the back stamp. The Charlton Standard Catalogue doesn’t include a book value for this piece because it’s rare. If you stumble on it, don’t hesitate to cop one immediately unless you’re not a fan of cockerels.

Because it’s made of stoneware, this Cockerel weighs 871g and stands at 26cm (10.25-inches).

1. The Bather

Year: 1928

Price: $8,100

Model No: —

Royal Doulton Lambeth, England - c.1928
Royal Doulton Lambeth, England – c.1928 – THE BATHER Stoneware Statuette Figurine by the famous Artist “John Broad” Source: Etsy

This figural statuette bigger than most Royal Doulton Figurines is an original Made in England piece by John Broad in the early Victorian era Art Nouveau style. The figurine is a naked lady sitting atop a frog feet orb with a slithering lizard on the side.

Although this model is a brunette with a floral headband, others have blonde hair so take note. Because she’s a large model (13.75-inches tall and 5.5-inches wide), The Bather is a perfect addition for your entryway.

She’s a heavy figurine you won’t regret buying because she’ll brighten your room with her high glazed finish.

Which Royal Doulton Figurines are Rare?

A rare Royal Doulton figurine is either limited-edition, retired, or discontinued. Limited-Editions are figurines designed for specific purposes such as anniversaries, and product launches. For instance, the Dickens, and Disney Princesses.

Royal Doulton Walt Disney Showcase Collection: ‘Cinderella’ 55th Anniversary Porcelain Figurine – Lady Tremaine, Anastasia & Drizella “Terrible Trio”
Royal Doulton Walt Disney Showcase Collection: ‘Cinderella’ 55th Anniversary Porcelain Figurine – Lady Tremaine, Anastasia & Drizella “Terrible Trio” Numbered limited edition of 1,500 pieces Source: Experiencethemistress

A retired Royal Doulton figurine is one that’s resting after running its course for a long period. Unlike discontinued models which got canceled (often for lack of sales,) retired Doulton figurines made sales in their heyday but got inducted into the hall of fame.

Think of it like an office work – the limited-edition is a special consultant, (highly recommended but only available for a short while,) the retired is the veteran, (served his purpose until it’s time to rest,) and the discontinued is the retrenched worker, (a casualty of downsizing).

How Much Do Royal Doulton Figurines Cost?

Different pricing systems guide the cost of Royal Doulton figurines, so you need to be specific when researching. Since we’re concerned with these statuettes only, you can consult the Charlton Standard Catalogue or a comprehensive figurine price guide.

The Royal Doulton (England) Figurines Guide contains a detailed price list, including descriptions. All you have to do is, enter the identification number (H.N. + figure) and figurine’s name in the search bar, and your information will appear on-screen.

How to Value a Royal Doulton Figurine

Like with every other antique and vintage item, the Royal Doulton figurines attain value based on certain factors, including Rarity, Age, Design, Condition, and Popularity. Basically, it follows the natural trading laws of demand and supply.

Where demand is high and supply is low the value increases. Consequently, if there’s no demand and supply is surplus, the value reduces to dispose of the items as quickly as possible. What happens when there’s high demand and commensurate supply? A steady market.

Identification Guide for Royal Doulton Figurines

Royal Doulton figurines make identification since the labeling is quite detailed. You can easily determine the authenticity or otherwise of your Royal Doulton figurine from the stamp on the back, including the name and identification number – easy-peasy.

Your figurine probably wouldn’t have any of the obvious identifications left, considering wear and tear, and that’s okay. There’s no cause for alarm because you can still use other factors like design, but it’ll require an extensive study of the Royal Doulton figurines.

Royal Doulton Markings - Back Stamps and Trademarks
Royal Doulton Markings – Back Stamps and Trademarks Source: Pinterest

Backstamp

The original Royal Doulton figurine designer Harry Nixon tagged his productions with H.N. numbers from 1913 – 1940. Upon his retirement, the new artists numbered the figurines based on their designs.

Like many other companies from its era, the Royal Doulton’s logo underwent moderations over the years. The first fine China and porcelain figurines’ logo is a crowned Lion, on a crown above the Royal Doulton name formed in a circle (1901 – 1922).

royal-doulton-1901-1922
Source: Antiques HQ

Between 1922 – 1927, the logo had no crown; only the crowned Lion and Royal Doulton roundel subsisted. By 1927 end, the original combo returned with a slight addition – the numbers.

From 1 – 30, each number represented the production years between 1928 – 1957. #1 was 1928, #2 was 1929, and so forth until the 30th in 1957. Note, however, that the 1930s adopted the Made in England moniker above the Royal Doulton name in the roundel.  

Fun Tip: Add “27” to the number on the back stamp to identify the production year. Let’s try it – 20 + 27 = 47 (1947). Et voila. 

Special mention goes to Royal Doulton figurines in series with distinctive markers designated by model group and modern designs. The 2000s swapped the entire Lion’s body for a lone head above a horizontal “Royal Doulton,” which the production country and I.D. number underneath.

Because Royal Doulton company required perfection, substandard figurines fell into a category called, Seconds. These sets have a distinct marker so check for a hole in the back stamps middle or a dash across the company’s name on the stamp.

Check out this video from accredited appraiser, Leslie Harradine.

Size

Royal Doulton figurines have fixed proportions, so you can spot a fake if it doesn’t meet the expected standard. Typically, counterfeit designs are smaller than the original, but that’s not a hard and fast rule.

The whole essence of counterfeiting is to imitate an original, so sometimes, you won’t discern a fake based on the size. This similarity often happens when counterfeiters use unfired subpar plaster, so there’s no risk of shrinkage. Don’t panic yet; you can still distinguish the authentic from fake with materials.

Materials

The Royal Doulton figurine used the highest quality materials, which were often lightweight (except the initial stoneware and terracotta designs,) unlike the heavier dubs. The original models used calcined bone ash, Cornish stone, and China clay for production.

Combining these materials created a translucent ceramic material unmatched in the early 20th century. Also, note that vintage Royal Doulton figurines are carved, the identification numbers rather than embossed.

Color scheme

The popular saying, The Devil is in the Details, applies in this case because Royal Doulton figurines use soft-toned color palettes. Try as they might, counterfeiters hardly achieve the pastel hues, and when they do, they fumble the application.

Every detail on the Royal Doulton figurine matters from the eyes to the clothing designs and signature markings, so watch out. In this instance, fading from wear and tear is a welcomed sign of authenticity, unlike perfectly finished designs.

Also, note that Royal Doulton figurines produced from the mid-1930s have more defined features.

Parting Words

It’s relatively easy to find a Royal Doulton Figurine in any collectible store if you don’t have a particular interest. Collection, however, becomes a hassle when you’re looking for specific designs to complete a set, or as a keepsake.

That’s not saying you won’t find them but it may be difficult, and would definitely cost some extra dollars. It’ll be worth it in the end though, so don’t be discouraged. Also, never let excitement cloud your judgement when trading a Royal Doulton Figurine.

Ensure you use all the tips you’ve learned;

  • Royal Doulton Figurines use muted hues
  • Pre-1930s models have engraved logos on the bottom

FAQs

Q: Where Can I Buy a Royal Doulton Figurine?

A: The common Royal Doulton figurines are available at online auction stores like eBay, Etsy, Ruby Lane, invaluable, and Sotheby’s. However, to buy rare items, you may have to leave your comfort zone and hunt at Estate sales, Auction houses, and high-end thrifts.

Q: Where Can I sell A Royal Doulton Figurine?

A: You can sell your Royal Doulton Figurine on an Online auction site like eBay, Ruby Lane, and Etsy. It’s easy to compare real-time prices with other vendors on the website, and bargain with buyers to reach a fair market value.

If you prefer a hands-on approach, you can sell you vintage Royal Doulton Figurine at an Estate sale, or a physical Auction house like Christie’s.

Q: What’s the Royal Doulton Figurine History?

A: The first Royal Doulton figurines were stoneware and terracotta from the 19th century until the introduction of Fine China in the 20th century. The company started as a pottery business by John Doulton and John Watts in 1815.

Before their deaths, Henry Doulton (John Doulton’s second son) took over its reins in 1835. His management introduced handcrafted stoneware, which formed the first Royal Doulton figurines.

The company rebranded as Doulton & Co. Ltd in 1882 after the knighting of Sir Henry Doulton, leading to an expansion. In no time, the improved business branched out to designing porcelain figurines in Burslem by 1890.

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