This elegant collie figurine was made by Royal Doulton. It is their No. HN1159, the smallest of three Collies depicted in their Championship Series. Issued in 1931, it was retired in 1969.
SIZE is approximately 3-1/2 inches tall by 4-3/4 inches long.
The artist was Frederick Daws, a highly talented sculptor who captured the sweet temperament and gracefulness along with the kind attitude of this beloved old breed in incredible detail. The model for this sculpture was Champion Ashstead Applause, a highly regarded show dog. Note the magnificent, glorious coat. This color is mahogany sable, which is almost non-existent in today's dogs.
CONDITION is perfect - mint - with NO damage of any kind. The glazing is perfect, the hand applied details are brilliantly realistic.
Note the Royal Doulton mark on the underside of his right hind foot, HN1059 on the underside of the left front and the decorator's initials on the underside of his right front paw.
The Collie breed traces its history back to the time when Britain was conquered by the Roman Empire and Roman dogs interbred with the native animals to produce a productive working breed. Through centuries since the Collie has developed a reputation for a reliable, loving family pet as well as a fine herding dog, thanks to Queen Victoria who espoused the breed; Albert Payson Terhune whose dog stories have enthralled readers since the early 1900s; and of course Lassie, the 20th century book, movie and television hero dog.
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Vintage Rough Collie Dog China Figurine by Royal Doulton