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Bulldog (sailor) Jack by Royal Doulton
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Bulldog (sailor) Jack by Royal Doulton

Circa 1941

Measurements: Height: 11.5cm (4.5in)

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A medium sized variation of the three figures first produced in 1915.This example bearing the lion and crown backstamp.

In the darkest days of World War Two when Britain alone defied Germany’s craziest ambitions, ‘Bulldog Jack’ was revived by Charles Noke, Royal Doulton’s veteran designer. The Union flag draped British bulldog was given a new lease of life as a symbol of national resolve and ‘backs-to-the-wall’ patriotic spirit, These rare latter figures were produced for twelve months during 1941-1942.

Charles John Noke (1858-1941) joined Royal Doulton’s Nile Street works at Burslem in 1889 as Chief Designer from Royal Worcester with whom he had been apprenticed while attending the Worcester School of Design. Later as Art Director from 1914 he was hugely influential in helping Royal Doulton establish itself as a world leader in producing many ranges of pottery using differing techniques. He is also noted for his major contribution in reviving the fortunes of British made figurines in general by firstly persuading Henry Doulton that he could design figures that would sell and by successfully launching them in the face of stiff international competition at the Chicago World Fair of 1893. While the majority of Doulton’s character studies and figurines have remained strictly products of their time, Bulldog Jack in all his sizes and guises has transcended the decades to become an all-time British ceramic design classic.

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