Collectors of Royal Doulton got the shock of their lives when they heard the news that the old, made in England, Royal Doulton was out of business and was substituted with the new Royal Doulton made in Indonesia, China or where-ever. "Give it a chance" was heard echoing around the globe.
Well it's been about 6, 7 or 8 years since production started and to tell you the truth, I'm not impressed.
A company that started around 1815, received a Royal Warrant, etc., etc., etc. to serve the needs of the people and entertain them with artistic objects that soon became the rage and quite collectible is now replaced with - - - - - - - - poorly produced, poorly decorated, with no series and no objective in mind except for the currency of the country that produced them.
If you're going to produce a new substitute product, at least let it be equal to or better than the old one. The new figurines may be lower in price and don't have well produced anatomical design and sculptural significance and of course no historical past yet, or artists and sculpturists yet; Oh, did I forget to mention a series of collectors in the marketplace?
Eventually the possible collectors will show them what they think of them, when sales plummet and their main objective, money, has deserted them.
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Editor's Comment: November 22, 2013
This editorial is open ended and is open for additional thoughts and comments. The subject is 'It's over". I have great interest and concern about the legend and history of the Doulton family and it seems that the chain of history is coming to an end. The loyalty of Royal Doulton employees is unquestionable and yet their complaints and comments seem to be non-existant or falling on deaf ears. I've never received a blog or email concerning their treatment and non- voluntary exit from the company when it was sold to Wedgwood or Waterford and the whole mess moved to Indonesia. Although nothing can be done at this late date and I'm crying over spilt milk, I'm quite sure that the bitterness of the ex-employees stil lingers on. Along with this area of no concern for past employees, artists and craftsmen, I have thoughts about the Royal Doulton International Collectors Club that disapeared when the company went through receivership. The members of the old club sure got a raw deal when the old Dolton cam to an end. The club could have been re-structured and could have existed today. New figurines are being made, but the magazine went away as did the love of the old detailed craftsmanship. The last in the chain of Royal Doulton is Michael Doulton, who has associated with the Indonesians and their products. The legendary and innovative creativity that once was Royal Doulton has come to an end. It is my humble opinion that the past could have been incorporated with today and the future by simply using the old magazine to continue the pride and quality that was the signature of Royal Doulton products. I may be nuts but the legacy created by the geniuses should continue. Your comments are most welcome indeed. Sincerely, Harvey Liss
? What happened to Royal Doulton? Is Authentic Royal Doulton Made in China or Thailand?
December 7, 2011
It's been a big question for a long time already. Fans of Royal Doutlon are wondering what happened to “Made in England” stuff? Why new figurines have a sticker stating “Made in Thailand”, “Made in China”... Are they real? Here is an answer: THEY ARE STILL AUTHENTIC ROYAL DOULTON PRODUCTS just manufatured in a different country than England. Here is what happened. On 30 September 2005, the Nile Street factory in England closed. Some items are now made in the parent company Waterford Wedgewood in Barlaston, South of the Potteries Conurbation. Almost all other Doulton pieces are made in China or Thailand. Royal Doulton Ltd (along with other Waterford Wedgwood companies) went into administration on 5 January 2009. So made in China does not neccessarily mean it's bad quality. Some very famous designer companies are also located in China. It does not mean people should stop buying that products. It's still same company, just a different location. Just be sure you are buying from the trusted source (check the feedback of the seller, make sure he is selling authentic Royal Doulton). There are still sellers out there who are trying to sell “made in China” porcelain under Royal Doulton name. But you can always be sure when Royal Doulton is authentic, just check the backstamp on the bottom of their products that is impossible to make vanish.
March 12, 2013
Last June - Judy, my wife, & I did hop on a bus and took a tour of the UK in search of Royal Doulton products. It was the time when the Barclay's Bank Bust was in progress on the BBC and things were getting real bad as far as shop vacancies and the economy. We walked into a pub which didn't have any old folks in it like in the Dickens novels, but full of young people on their cell phones trying to get employment. Ate Fish & Chips as usual. Go there for a treat. Pulled into Plymouth looking for the antiques shops we saw in 2008. There were 37 shops then. Now it's quite different. NONE! Lots of touristy stuff. Moving on to Stratford. I saw two shops selling Beatrix Potter stuff right across from eachother. I didn't want to get into that, so we left. Oh! One more thing. While watching the BBC on July 4th I didn't even see an American Flag , yet alone mention that it was American Independence Day. I guess you Brits still take it quite serious that you lost the big piece of property across the pond. Oh well. that's the end of our travels for 2012. Harvey P.S. Your comments are welcome, just email me.
Royal Doulton Lives On Today: Many characters and personalities embodied in Royal Doulton items are alive today more than ever before. A fine example is brought to life in Masterpiece Theater's portrayal of Edwin Drood, the unfinished Charles Dicken's novel. Check your local T.V. guide for more works of Dickens. The Royal Doulton menu abounds with priceless treats of yesterday.
Friends of Royal Doulton: The minds of the Doultons surely exemplify the Industrial Revolution. What other company has had a streak of business successes tha equals or even comes close to that of the Doultons? As the Doultons have left the ceramic industry, so has the industry left the Doultons as well as the rest of the glass and ceramic complex. The world will mourn the passing of that era. Harvey Liss, Club Director
UK vs USA: The interests of Brits vs Yanks in the Royal Doulton area are great. The UK being the home base of Doulton Lambeth and Royal Doulton has 99% of all the museums and displays of Royal Doulton statuary not to mention 99% of former Royal Doulton employees. It's only natural that they Brits would be interested in what they own and have. On the other hand, I venture to say that the majority of Royal Doulton items remains in the USA. Production was aimed at greatest sales and profits, hence they went to the USA via clubs, purchases via tourists, etc.