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.
Royal Doulton designer, Valerie Annand, has captured this style in her latest collection of balloon figures. Each bone china figure is limited to 250 pieces and is hand painted by the skillful artists at the Royal Doulton studios in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Each clown is dressed in dramatic black and white costumes and is surrounded by colorful balloons.
Royal Doulton’s limited edition Prestige figures exemplify the highest quality, craftsmanship, and artistry in figure making. More than just collectables, Prestige figures are genuine works of art that can take months to create and decorate in detail. Each piece is handmade to order by the Royal Doulton artisans in England. Each limited edition is individually numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity, and the moulds are broken once an edition is fully produced.