Why are porcelain bird figurines so expensive?
Question: My late aunt who was very wealthy collected Dorothy Dougehty bird porcelain figurines. She had at least five displayed in her curio cabinet. When she died many years ago her collection was sold at auction. I was in my teens at the time and had no interest. However, this figurine was overlooked and my mother found it wrapped in tissue paper in a trunk filled with old linens. It is 9½ inches high. On the back it says “Baltimore Oriole and tulip. D. Doughty” and a Royal Worcester crest. What made these birds so expensive? What could this be worth?
Answer: Her birds were highly detailed sometimes using as many as 50 molds for delicate porcelain feathers, flowers and branches. Expensive to make. She is important as the first to create “Limited Editions.” Your figurine is one of her series on American birds. It could be retail priced from $500 to $1,000.