A Century of ROYAL DOULTON Character and Toby Jugs by Stephen M. Mullins and David C. Fastenau, with an introduction by Royal Doulton authority Louise Irvine.
This new reference book, A Century of Royal Doulton Character and Toby Jugs, is the most comprehensive book ever published on collecting jugs and derivatives. At more than 450 pages, the book is lavishly illustrated with over 1,600 color photographs of every Royal Doulton production jug as well as more than 100 prototypes, many of which have never been seen before by collectors.
With an introduction by world-renowned Royal Doulton authority, Louise Irvine, the scope, details and pictorial abundance set this book apart from any other reference book on Royal Doulton jugs.
Four major sections provide, in alphabetical order by character, a large color photograph of each character in all of its sizes; a biographical or historical profile including size, modeler and model number; and production history. Photographs of backstamps, trial colorways, and close-ups of intricate handles. Protoype jugs that never made it into production are given similar treatment throughout the book. A substantial Appendix provides lists and tables to help readers navigate through the sizes, types, backstamps, modelers, model numbers, etc. and pre-prototype clay models.
Steve Mullins started collecting Royal Doulton character jugs more than 60 years ago. Today his collection includes over 6,500 items from around the world. David Fastenau’s passion for collecting character and toby jugs was spurred when he inherited a small collection of Royal Doulton jugs from his grandmother. Louise Irvine is a lecturer and writer with a special interest in the 19th and 20th century ceramics. She began working for Royal Doulton in 1977 and became their Director of Historical Promotions. She is regarded as one of the foremost authorities on Royal Doulton wares. Mullins, Fastenau and Irvine live in Evanston, Illinois; Northern California and London respectively.