Beswick figurines

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2015-06-26 11:20:07

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Beswick figurines

Beswick figurines are porcelain figurines created by the British manufacturer John Beswick Ltd.

 

Origins

The manufacturer J.W.Beswick was established in 1892 by the potter James Wright Beswick, along with his sons John and Gilbert. Based in Stoke-on-Trent, the company initially produced tableware and ornaments before James Wright Beswick died in 1921.

The company expanded under the leadership of his grandson John Ewart Beswick, and the development of high fired bone china in 1934 meant the company was able to start manufacturing high-quality, detailed figurines.

The company was renamed John Beswick Ltd in 1936, and they gradually became renowned for their range of animal figurines. This was in large part to the work of chief modeller Arthur Gredington, who was appointed in 1939. His lines of farm animal figures, and in particular his range of 190 Rearing Horsemen, were incredibly successful and remain some of the most sought after by modern collectors.

As the company grew they purchased the right to manufacture figurines based on Beatrix Potter characters, and the range became their most successful. It began in 1948 with 10 models, and grew to include around 130 different figurines. The earliest figures began to be discontinued in 1967, and are now highly sought after by collectors.

The company found further success with a range of Disney characters, launched in 1952, and in 1969 was purchased by Royal Doulton. They continued to produce animal figurines with the Beswick stamp until 1989, when it was replaced by Doulton’s own mark.

Production on all animal figurines ceased at the company in 2002, and almost every range of Beswick animal figures is now highly collectible.

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