Why are porce­lain bird fig­urines so ex­pen­sive?

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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.

Anne Gil­bert


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