An extremely rare Royal Doulton, prototype design trial, character jug / toby jug of The Red Queen. This large jug was modeled by William K. Harper and hand-painted in England. The production version numbers D6777 and was produced between 1987 and 1991.This character jug was mistakenly named The Red Queen, a character from the Lewis Carol novel, Through The Looking Glass, but is actually based on the Queen of Hearts from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This evil queen is famous for terrifying everyone with her cry of 'off with his head'. She was the first jug in the Alice in Wonderland Series.This Character Jug differs from the standard production model in that the handle has the heart cut out. In addition the axe head and base is a darker grey on the design trial handle. This model was designed in 1986, the year before production , and was never produced because it was felt that without the heart fill-in the handle would break too easily.This jug is featured in the supplement to a Century of Royal Doulton by Stephen Mullins, on page 60. This Character Jug was purchased when Royal Doulton sold off it's archives and comes with a certificate of authenticity from Royal Doulton. Only three examples with this handle are known to exist and each has a slightly different colorization.The Red Queen stands approximately 7 1/4 inches tall (Large) and is in superb condition (no chips, cracks or crazing). For the sake of accurate disclosure there is a small area at the back by the base where some of the red over-glaze was missed (this is how it was sold from the archives and does not detract from the Jug). The base stamp is that of the Royal Doulton symbol and the words 'This item is the property of Royal Doulton (UK) Ltd and title to this property remains with the company at all times'.Domestic: Flat-rate of $90.00 to anywhere within the contiguous U.S.International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination.Combined shipping: Please ask about combined shipping for multiple lots before bidding.Location: This item ships from Israel
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