Royal Dux Figurines
History & Description
The company was founded in 1853 but its name changed to E. Eichler Thonwaren-Fabrik in 1860 when it was acquired by Eduard Eichler, a successful model-drawer. Originally, the company predominantly made faience and majolica products, for which it won the silver medal during the 1878 Paris Exhibition.
At the end of the nineteenth century, the company began to manufacture an expansive range of Art Nouveau porcelain figurines. Royal Dux achieved great success and the company expanded to include a head office in Berlin. The original Art Nouveau figurines were designed by Alois Hampel and the company started to export them across Europe and the United States.
Guide for collectors
Today, Royal Dux Art Nouveau figurines are extremely collectible and there is a burgeoning and competitive community of collectors.
Instances of Royal Dux figurines sold through national auctioneers are quite common. However, records show that the most valuable pieces are typically sold at international auction houses, particularly the London branches of Christie’s. In addition, Royal Dux figurines are also regularly advertised on eBay.
Most of the company’s records were destroyed during World War II. This lack of information means that it can be quite difficult to date certain pieces accurately. For more information on Royal Dux figurines, collectors should visit the official Royal Dux website.
Notable auction sales
On November 14th 2002 at Christie’s in London, a Royal Dux figurine realised a price of £3,760.
On June 7th 1996 at Christie’s in London, a pair of Royal Dux troubadour figurines realised a price of £3,220.
On April 2pth 2000 at Christie’s in London, three Royal Dux figurines, circa 1905, realised a price of £2,585.
On November 27th 20111 at A-1 Auction in Maitland, Florida, a pair of Royal Dux peasant figurines realised a price of $1,400.
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