Royal Doulton Character Jug, Clown (Red Hair) D5610.
Artist: Harry Fenton
Issue Dates: 1937-1942
Size: 7.5 (Large)
Color: red hair
Clowns, typically characterized by their colorful wigs, stylistic makeup and outlandish costumes, are comic performers known throughout many cultures. During the 16th century, the Commedia dellarte a form of improvisational theater originating in Italy became a huge influence on perceptions of the clown in Europe. The influence passed on through pantomime, into vaudeville and into the touring circuses of the 19th and 20th Century.
The first Royal Doulton Clown character jug introduced in 1937 was produced with white face and either red or brown hair. Discontinued during World War II, this jug was reintroduced in 1951 in the same mold, but with white or black hair.