Royal Doulton has been producing porcelain ceramics and dinnerware for approximately 200 years. From a meager beginning in 1815, John Doulton, amassed one of the largest pottery and porcelain factories this world has ever known.
This scarce Royal Doulton figurine entitled "Maise" was produced from 1934-1949. Designed by Leslie Harradine, it portrays a lovely young lady, head slight tilted and glancing downward, cradling her chin in her right hand. She is attired in a three-quarter length, fully pleated, strawberry pink party dress and hat trimmed in pastel blue-gray with matching long gloves and shoes. White ruffled leggings are evident under her dress. The darling expression on her face is framed by brown curls peeking from under her hat.
Arthur L. Harradine (known to Doulton collectors as Leslie) joined Doulton's Lambeth Studios in 1902 as an apprentice modeler. Working as a freelance artist, Harradine developed a wonderful gift for sculpting wind-blown ladies and flouncing damsels. Harradine’s figures are among the most collected Doulton masterpieces.
The figurine stands 6 1/2" in height; the black base measuring 1 7/8" square. Stamped in green with the Royal Doulton logo, "Bone China", "Maise" & "Rd No 787519"; "HN 1619" in hand script and decorators insignia "VR". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint. This is a wonderful figurine for the Royal Doulton or figurine collector.
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