A valuer will be able to tell you just how much a piece is worth, but there are some questions you can answer yourself just by looking.Know however that this is not an exact science - the system used changed considerably over the years and some records detailing what certain letter and number combinations might have meant have been lost.That number indicates the number of years following 1927 that that figurine was produced.
In the mid 1850s John Doulton began experimenting with a more decorative pottery items.
Many glazes and decorative effects were developed including faience, impasto, silicon, carrara, marqueterie, chine, and rouge flambe.
Through Henry Doulton, the pottery became associated with the Lambeth School of Art directed by John Sparkes from about 1866.
He trained the sculptor George Tinworth who joined Doulton as the first resident sculptor in 1867.
It is now part of WWRD Holdings Ltd., the name being an acronym for the main components of the business: Waterford, Wedgwood and Royal Doulton John Slater (1844 - 1914) was the Art Director at Doulton & Co. He studied at the Stoke-on-Trent School of Design and worked at Minton and then Pinder, Bourne & Co., before moving to Doulton & Co. Some works are marked "Doulton & Slaters Patent", a process which involves the use of lace fabrics impressed into the surface of clay as a decorative technique.
Pair of Doulton Slater stoneware vase, of Art Nouveau form, with spreading lips, above tapering necks, above baluster body, decorated with palmettes and flowers in tones of blue, green and white on a gilt ground, impressed factory marks to base, height 41A Doulton Slaters patent stoneware teapot and a matching Royal Doulton stand, 1890s and after, Lambeth made, tubelined with rococo scrolling borders and majolica glazes in blue, olive and brown colours, the lower body with a chine finish with applied dots Two Doulton Burslem 'Australian Federation' fern pots, circa 1900 designed by John Slater and John Shorter, with green and sepia transfer designs featuring Queen Victoria flanked by soldiers, medallions of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, and Lor A Doulton Burslem 'Australian Federation' jardiniere, circa 1900 designed by John Slater and John Shorter, with a sepia transfer featuring Queen Victoria flanked by soldiers, and medallions of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, and Lord Hopetoun an Doulton & Co, Burslem, an Australian Federation 1901 Commemorative Ware jardiniere, printed with a profile portrait of Queen Victoria in a wreath framed by two British soldiers, the Duke and Duchess of York, Earl of Hopetoun and Sir Henry Parkes, decorated A Royal Doulton Slater patent vase, with cobalt foot and interior, light green neck, the central part ornamented of turquoise, orange, gold floral frieze, circa 1894-1896.
Unlike some other suppliers, The Doulton Lady provides genuine 19th- and 20th-century figures whose appeal and beauty have stood the test of time.
The value of a Royal Doulton figurine depends partly on its age, but on other factors too such as its condition and designer.
The company continued to hire talented artists including the next art director Charles Noke, Harry Tittensor, Joseph Hancock, and many others.
The company was granted the Royal Warrant by Edward VII in 1901.
Tinworth enjoyed a long career at the Lambeth studio, producing a wide range of figures, vases, jugs, tankards and reliefs, as well as fountains and monumental sculptures.