Petite Ladies KarenKaren is one of the most famous Royal Doulton Pretty Ladies. An excellent Royal Doulton Petites collectable. Height: 6.7 inches.
Pretty Ladies have always been one of Royal Doulton's most popular ranges of collectable china ornaments. Also known as Fair Ladies, they are a long-established part of the portfolio, beginning their modern life in 1913 at the start of the HN Series of figures - and the start of the rebirth of Staffordshire figure making inaugurated by Leslie Harradine and Charles Noke of Royal Doulton.
Today, Pretty Ladies are the epitome of a bygone age of elegance and romance, and have become collectable as much for individual artistry as well as set ranges. The names of the sculptors involved reads like a Who's Who of Royal Doulton artistry: Leslie Harradine, Peggy Davies, Pauline Parsons, Peter Gee, John Bromley, Nada Pedley, Valerie Annand and Neil Walsh, among others.
Often characterised by the toe peeping out from a swirling dress, their appeal can come from a romantic name or a beautiful gown. They are handmade from bone china, individually decorated by hand, which contributes both to the collectability and the lasting allure of Royal Doulton Pretty Ladies.