The Doughty Sisters, Dorothy and Freda Doughty, probably did more to ensure the future prosperity and stability of the Royal Worcester factory than any other Worcester artists or modellers. Born in San Remo, Italy, Dorothy and Freda were the daughters of Charles Doughty, the English poet and traveller. They came to England when the sisters were still children and settled in Sissinghurst in Kent. Charles Doughty died in 1926 and the Doughty sisters, neither of whom had married, carried on in the same house by themselves. Freda Doughty ran children's modelling lessons from the house always full of bright, hopeful and cheerful boys and girls. She would frequently use them as live models for the ceramic figurines that she fired in her own kiln.
The late 1920s were not a good time for Royal Worcester. In an attempt to reverse their financial difficulties they decided to invest their efforts in the production of a brand new range of figurine and animal studies. Following the employment of various freelance modellers ( Baker, Bray, Cane, Crofts, Lindner, Stabler, Williams and Freda Doughty ) an exhibition to show off the new figures, was set up in a London Art Gallery. Freda Doughty’s models of young children at play were thought to be old fashioned, both by modellers and the factory workforce. They looked out of place compared to some of the more ‘avant garde’ almost abstract figures produced by many of the others at the show. However, people decide what they buy and they took Freda’s little children to their hearts.
This lovely figurine of a darling young girl was designed by Freda G Doughty and produced from 1941-1970. It portrays a girl doing a formal 'Curtsey'. Attired in her best floor-length party dress of strawberry pink with white and pink floral bodice and skirt front. It is adorned with three rows of ruffles around the hemline, soft green bows on the shoulders and matching green slippers. The sweet smile on her innocent face will melt your heart.
The figure measures 5 3/4" in height and rests on a cream colored base measuring 2 3/4" in length and 2 1/4" in width. It is stamped with the Royal Worcester back-stamp and model number "3360", "Modelled by F. G. Doughty", "The Curtsey", and date stamp "W" indicating it was made in 1950. There are no cracks, chips or repairs. A great figure for the Royal Worcester or figurine collector.
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