Beatrix Potter Figurines
Beatrix Potter Figurines are porcelain figurines based on the characters of the children's author Beatrix Potter.
History & Description
The figurines relate to Potter’s well-known children’s books, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck and The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.
Beatrix Potter wrote The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1893 and, after several publishers’ rejections, was finally printed and published by Frederick Warne & Co. in 1902. It remains one of the most loved and best-selling books of all time and has sold over 45 million copies and has been translated into 36 languages.
The following year, the books The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and The Tailor of Gloucester were published. From 1903, Potter wrote two or three little books each year and by 1930, having released The Tale of Little Pig Robinson, she had published a total of 23 books.
Since the first Peter Rabbit doll was patented in 1903, there have been countless figurines based on Potter’s famous books. A number of distinguished toy and ceramic companies have produced figurines, not only as children’s toys but also as collectibles.
Guide for collectors
Beatrix Potter figurines have been made by several well-known companies such as Stieff, Royal Doulton, Beswick and E. Warne & Co. Ltd., and it is these examples that are highly sought after by collectors.
Collectors should look out for the Beswick ceramic figures made between 1972 and 1982 as these frequently realise high prices at auction. In addition, antique unjointed dolls – which are technically classified as figurines – are also extremely desirable to collectors.
Notable auction sales
On July 8th 2004 at Sotheby’s in London, a Pig-Wig painted Beswick ceramic figure, modelled by Albert Hallam, circa 1972-1982, realised a price of £2,640.
On March 14th 2006 at Vestis Auctions Ltd. in Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, a rare Stieff Peter Rabbit velvet figure, circa 1906, realised a price of £2,000.
On March 22nd 2007 at Ewbank Auctioneers in Woking, Surrey, a rare Beswick Duchess figure carrying flowers realised a price of £1,400.
On December 17th 2009 at Skinner in Massachusetts, Massachusetts, 6 Beatrix Potter ceramic figurines made by Beswick realised a price of $1,900.