Tag Archive for: Royal Doulton

Maximize holiday enjoyment with vintage Thanksgiving decor

A collection of Thanksgiving-themed Limoges boxes (one shown) sold for $425 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2022. Image courtesy of Link Auction Galleries and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK — Once upon a time, malls and stores decorated for Thanksgiving with elaborate animatronic displays populated by turkeys, pilgrims and food-laden cornucopias. Now, most stores move directly from Halloween to Christmas with their decorative schemes, skipping Thanksgiving entirely. But the story is different in the homes of their customers, many of whom mark Thanksgiving by welcoming friends and family for a feast. They express their thanks, in part, by decorating for the holiday, even if it’s only at the dinner table.

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Arron Rimpley poses with a Jacobs seven-cylinder radial engine made in 1944. The fine example of industrial art, with its aluminum engine and steel cylinders, is a wonder of aviation technology and history. The work dates back to Rimpley’s previous gallery, The Whitley Collection. Image courtesy of Lion and Unicorn.

Lion and Unicorn’s Arron Rimpley: collecting is in his DNA

Arron Rimpley poses with a Jacobs seven-cylinder radial engine made in 1944. The fine example of industrial art, with its aluminum engine and steel cylinders, is a wonder of aviation technology and history. The work dates back to Rimpley’s previous gallery, The Whitley Collection. Image courtesy of Lion and Unicorn.

Arron Rimpley poses with a Jacobs seven-cylinder radial engine made in 1944. The fine example of industrial art, with its aluminum engine and steel cylinders, is a wonder of aviation technology and history. The work dates back to Rimpley’s previous gallery, The Whitley Collection. Image courtesy of Lion and Unicorn.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Arron Rimpley, founder of Lion and Unicorn, has long been a collector, starting when he gathered rocks as a child in his native Colorado. At age 23, he came to Miami and began working in the antiques business, soon specializing in British decorative arts. He set up at the antiques industry’s top shows around the country and helped museums mount exhibitions before deciding to open the Whitley Collection in 2000, through which he created experiences that allowed collectors to see objects in new ways. That same approach guided him when he launched Lion and Unicorn in January 2018. Rimpley’s goal is to provide top-notch customer service and well-researched information to make buying a breeze and also create an information record that helps preserve the material he auctions.

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Issued in 1928, this Royal Doulton Lady Jester (HN 1284) by artist Leslie Harradine realized $2,600 plus the buyer’s premium in July 2018. Image courtesy of Lion and Unicorn and LiveAuctioneers.

Royal Doulton jesters evoke mirth and merriment

Issued in 1928, this Royal Doulton Lady Jester (HN 1284) by artist Leslie Harradine realized $2,600 plus the buyer’s premium in July 2018. Image courtesy of Lion and Unicorn and LiveAuctioneers.

Issued in 1928, this Royal Doulton Lady Jester (HN 1284) by artist Leslie Harradine realized $2,600 plus the buyer’s premium in July 2018. Image courtesy of Lion and Unicorn and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — The classical image of a medieval court jester is a lithe figure wearing a bi-colored hat known as a cap ‘n’ bells and a colorful top over form-fitting breeches. While the Oxford English Dictionary defines motley as a medley, the term is also the name of the jester’s traditional costume made from bright and mismatched patterns and colors. April Fool’s Day provides an excellent opportunity to explore a popular collecting niche: Royal Doulton jesters.

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Beatrix Potter’s animal characters charm all ages

These Royal Doulton prototype figurines of Jeremy Fisher and his friend, Sir Isaac Newton, realized $7,500 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2021 at Lion and Unicorn. Photo courtesy of Lion and Unicorn and LiveAuctioneers.

These Royal Doulton prototype figurines of Jeremy Fisher and his friend, Sir Isaac Newton, realized $7,500 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2021 at Lion and Unicorn. Photo courtesy of Lion and Unicorn and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Growing up in London in an upper middle class family, Beatrix Potter (English, 1866–1943) had a privileged but sheltered childhood with few girls her age who she could call friends. While her family was said to be strict, she was allowed to have many pets and her nursery was home to a variety of animals, from frogs, mice and guinea pigs to birds, a turtle, and of course, rabbits.

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Pair of Royal Doulton Nasturtium vases, estimated at $500-$700

John Moran presents Lalique, Royal Doulton, American art, May 18-19

Pair of Royal Doulton Nasturtium vases, estimated at $500-$700

Pair of Royal Doulton Nasturtium vases, estimated at $500-$700

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers will hold its Studio Fine and Decorative Arts sale on two days, May 18-19, starting at noon Pacific time on each day. The 500-plus lots offered on May 18 include treasures by established makers such as Tiffany Studios, Galle, Lalique, and Royal Doulton. The May 19 lineup will feature more than 200 lots of fine art from Winslow Homer, Roger Kuntz, and Nell Walker Warner, among others. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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