Among Leslie Harradine’s most enchanting creations for Royal Doulton is the “Marietta” figure, which saw multiple renditions over the years. We take a look at this elegant figure along with a price guide of some realised prices at auction.
The first incarnation of Marietta, designated HN1341, made its debut in 1929. It was distinguished by its vibrant red hue, instantly capturing the attention and admiration of enthusiasts. The figure stood at a graceful approximately 8 inches tall (19.5cm) . This edition’s early introduction and unmistakable colour made it an iconic representation of Harradine’s artistry.
Two years later, in 1931, another version of Marietta graced the Royal Doulton collection. With a registration number HN1446, this figure was adorned in a delicate shade of lavender, evoking a sense of serenity and elegance. It retained the same majestic stature of its predecessor, standing at approximately 8 inches tall (19.5cm).
However, perhaps the most intriguing variation of Marietta is the HN1699, introduced in 1939. What makes this figure particularly captivating is its unique colourway: a harmonious blend of green, pink, and a spotted cloak. This exquisite combination of colours, unusual for the time, rendered it very rare and sought after by collectors. Impressively, the date stamp of reveals that this figure was conceived even before its official introduction, in the first year of its production. Like the other two figures, its height is approximately 8 inches tall (19.5cm), maintaining a consistent size throughout the series.
By 1949, all three Marietta figures were withdrawn from production, marking the end of an era for this mesmerizing triad. Today, they stand as testament to Harradine’s unparalleled skill and the timeless appeal of Royal Doulton ceramics.