One of Royal Doulton’s most popular series features characters from the works of 19th Century English author and social critic Charles Dickens (1812-1870). In 1922, Doulton art director Charles Noke commissioned 16 bone china figures, manufactured at the Burslem Pottery. Over the next six decades, the collection grew, and so did the demand for its pieces.
Between 1922 and 1983, Royal Doulton produced figurines of Charles Dickens characters, with variations in ceramic bodies, size, and backstamps. During the 1930s, the most popular pieces were mounted on ashtrays and other desk accoutrements, increasing their popularity. In 1949, the collection was briefly withdrawn and then re-introduced in a slightly larger size and with a deeper base.
Regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victoria era, Dickens enjoyed widespread acclaim during his lifetime, and his works continue to enjoy lasting popularity. Recognized as a literary genius, Dickens created many of the world’s best-known fictional characters; as a social reformer, he campaigned vigorously for social changes including education and children’s rights.
Dickens’ characters are among the most memorable in English literature, and include such familiar names as Little Nell, Tiny Tim, the Artful Dodger, David Copperfield, Samuel Pickwick, and Uriah Heep. The Dickens series includes figurines, vases, and pitchers featuring these and others, brought to life and to your own collection from the pages of this timeless author and the master artisans of Royal Doulton.