Royal Doulton Limited Edition Loving Cups and Jugs - written by Christopher Evans

Charles Noke, Doulton’s then Art Director was hailed in the 1930’s as the leader in pottery production. Having established the successful production of figurines and producing world famous glazes such as Flambé and Titanian, Noke’s attention moved to other forms of pottery decoration. Thus between 1930 and 1938, and again in 1952 and 1977, limited edition Jugs and Loving Cups were introduced in numbers between 250 and 2,000. 

Doulton’s loving cups and jugs were startlingly different to anything else hitherto produced. Their style, the body being slip cast with low relief modelling, enhanced by vibrant under glaze colouring. The bases to these cups and jugs are an art work in themselves as anyone who is lucky enough to possess examples will attest. Scenes relating to their subject matter were printed on the base together with their title and piece number. 

The jugs and loving cups served to commemorate legendary heroes such as Sir Francis Drake, Admiral Lord Nelson and Captain Cook. Other jugs were targeted at Doulton’s most popular markets in North America and South Africa, with national heroes such as Captain Phillips (1938), Jan van Riebeek (1952) and George Washington (1932) being celebrated. In 1933 two further commemoratives celebrating the literary greats Wordsworth and Dickens were introduced, both in unlimited editions but due to their rarity today, they must have been made in much smaller numbers than the other jugs. 

In addition to heroes, the jugs aimed to celebrate incidents from popular adventure stories such as Robin Hood, the Pied Piper of Hamlin and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Events surrounding the British Royal Family in the 1930’s were also celebrated with the issuing of limited edition jugs to celebrate jubilees and coronations, a tradition which was revived for Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953 and Silver Jubilee in 1977. 

The continued popularity of these limited edition pieces can only be put down to their original quality and the subject matter of each piece. In these cups and jugs there is something to attract every collector whether it be a personal memory, an interest in history or simply an appreciation of exquisite objects of art. 

 

Please click on an image below to see a close up of the item with a full description. In most cases there is also a slideshow showing different views:


Royal Doulton Dickens Jug - Master of Smiles & Tears, Designer: Charles Noke & Harry Fenton, Issued: 1936, Limited Edition of 1000.
Royal Doulton Dickens Jug - Master of Smiles & Tears, Designer: Charles Noke & Harry Fenton, Issued: 1936, Limited Edition of 1000.
Royal Doulton Edward VIII Coronation Loving Cup, May 1937, No.198, Limited edition of 2000.
Royal Doulton Edward VIII Coronation Loving Cup, May 1937.


Royal Doulton Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Loving Cup.
Royal Doulton Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Loving Cup.


Royal Doulton Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Loving Cup, Designer: Reg Johnson, Issued 1977, Height: 10.5", Limited Edition of 250.
Royal Doulton Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Loving Cup, Designer: Reg Johnson, Issued 1977, Height: 10.5", Limited Edition of 250.
Royal Doulton Dickens Dreams Loving Jug, Prestige, Designer: C Noke, Circa: 1933.
Royal Doulton Dickens Dreams Loving Jug, Prestige, Designer: Charles Noke, Circa: 1933.

Royal Doulton William Wordsworth Loving Cup, Designer: Charles Noke, Issued: 1933, Very few made hence very scarce and desirable.
Royal Doulton William Wordsworth Loving Cup, Designer: Charles Noke, Issued: 1933, Very few made hence very scarce and desirable.
Royal Doulton Robin Hood Loving Cup, Issued: 1938. Limited Edition of 600.
Royal Doulton Robin Hood Loving Cup, Issued: 1938. Limited Edition of 600.

Royal Doulton Treasure Island Loving Cup, Issued: 1934. Limited Edition of 600.
Royal Doulton Treasure Island Loving Cup, Issued: 1934. Limited Edition of 600.

John Peel Loving Cup - Designer: Unsigned, Issued: 1933, Limited Edition of 500. Height: 9in (22.86cm).
John Peel Loving Cup - Designer: Unsigned, Issued: 1933, Limited Edition of 500. Height: 9in (22.86cm).
Royal Doulton George V Jubilee Loving Cup, 1935, No.599, Limited Edition of 1000.
Royal Doulton George V Jubilee Loving Cup, No.599, 1935.


Royal Doulton George VI Coronation Loving Cup, May 1937, No.599, Limited Edition of 1000.
Royal Doulton George VI Coronation Cup, No.1205, 1937.


Royal Doulton Pied Piper of Hamelin Loving Cup, Issued: 1934, Designers: Charles Noke & Harry Fenton. Limited Edition of 600.
Royal Doulton Pied Piper of Hamelin Loving Cup, Issued: 1934, Designers: Charles Noke & Harry Fenton. Limited Edition of 600.
Royal Doulton The Three Musketeers Loving Cup, Designer: Charles Noke & Harry Fenton, Issued: 1936, Limited Edition of 600.
Royal Doulton The Three Musketeers Loving Cup, Designer: Charles Noke & Harry Fenton, Issued: 1936, Limited Edition of 600.
Royal Doulton Admiral Lord Nelson Loving Cup, Designers: Charles Noke & Harry Fenton, Issued: 1935. Limited Edition of 600.
Royal Doulton Admiral Lord Nelson Loving Cup, Designers: Charles Noke & Harry Fenton, Issued: 1935. Limited Edition of 600.
Royal Doulton Edward VIII Coronation Stoneware Loving Cup, Limited Edition of 100.
Royal Doulton Edward VIII Coronation Stoneware Loving Cup, Limited Edition of 100.

Royal Doulton Village Blacksmith Loving Cup, Issued: 1936. Limited Edition of 600.
Royal Doulton Village Blacksmith Loving Cup, Issued: 1936. Limited Edition of 600.

Guy Fawkes Jug - Limited Edition of 600, Designer: Harry Fenton, Produced 1934, Height: 7.5in.
Guy Fawkes Jug - Limited Edition of 600, Designer: Harry Fenton, Produced 1934, Height: 7.5in.