Royal Doulton, Hummel characters grace Jasper52 auction Sept. 18

Royal Doulton figurine, ‘Tete-a-Tete,’ 5 3/4 inches, 1926-1938. Estimate: $400-$500. Jasper52 image

Royal Doulton figurine, ‘Tete-a-Tete,’ 5 3/4 inches, 1926-1938. Estimate: $400-$500. Jasper52 image

 

NEW YORK – The drinking vessel called the toby jug dates to the 18th century when potteries in England produced them for export to the American Colonies. They are named for the character Toby Philpots in the song The Little Brown Jug. Production of these jugs, which typically depict a man holding a jug of beer and a glass, has continued to this day. A few of these delightful jugs, along with other Royal Doulton products, will be sold in a Jasper52 auction of ceramic collectibles on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Absentee and Internet live bidding for this online-only auction is available through LiveAuctioneers.com. This is an absolute auction without reserves. Bidding on all lots begins at $1.

Royal Doulton Toby mug, Happy John,’ ref. no. 835251, 5 1/2 inches tall. Estimate: $60-$70. Jasper52 image

Royal Doulton Toby mug, ‘Happy John,’ ref. no. 835251, 5 1/2 inches tall. Estimate: $60-$70. Jasper52 image

 

Not all toby jugs are by Royal Doulton. Some were produced by other British potteries such as Burlington, which is well-known for Cottage Ware – ceramic teapots molded in the shape of English cottages.

 

Burlington ‘Made in England’ toby mug, 5 inches tall. Estimate: $30-$40. Jasper52 image

Burlington ‘Made in England’ toby mug, 5 inches tall. Estimate: $30-$40. Jasper52 image

 

Also listed in the auction are more than a dozen Hummel figurines (below), which were created through the artistry of Berta Hummel, a Franciscan nun called Sister M. Innocentia, by Goebel Art Inc. in Germany beginning in the mid-1930s.

 

Hummel figurine, ‘Girl Washing Clothes,’ 6 inches tall, 1957. Estimate: $80-$100. Jasper52 image

Hummel figurine, ‘Girl Washing Clothes,’ 6 inches tall, 1957. Estimate: $80-$100. Jasper52 image

 

Also featured in the auction are Royal Doulton miniature character jugs, tiny versions of the company’s full-size character jugs. Two of the mini jugs in the auction depict Shakespeare’s Falstaff (below) and Herman Melville’s Captain Ahab.

 

Doulton & Co., Falstaff mini Royal Doulton mug, ref. no. D 6519, 2 inches tall. Estimate: $60-$80. Jasper52 image

Doulton & Co., Falstaff mini Royal Doulton mug, ref. no. D 6519, 2 inches tall. Estimate: $60-$80. Jasper52 image

 

Bidding on all lots begins at $1. This is a no-reserve auction; all lots will sell to the highest bidders.

 

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.