Figure, ‘Digger’, porcelain, Ernest W. Light/Royal Doulton, Burslem, England, 1915-1938

Made by Doulton and Company in Burslem, England, 1915-1938.

Figure, ‘Digger’, porcelain, Ernest W. Light/Royal Doulton, Burslem, England, 1915-1938.
A slip-cast, bone china figure, hand-painted in khaki enamel under a clear glaze. The standing figure is a young Australian digger, dressed in military uniform, complete with the rising sun insignia on his slouch hat. The young soldier looks forward, with both hands in the pockets of his breeches, and his right foot slightly forward. The figure is positioned on a dark green enamel circular base, which has th...

Summary

Object No.

96/399/1

Physical Description

Figure, 'Digger', porcelain, Ernest W. Light/Royal Doulton, Burslem, England, 1915-1938.
A slip-cast, bone china figure, hand-painted in khaki enamel under a clear glaze. The standing figure is a young Australian digger, dressed in military uniform, complete with the rising sun insignia on his slouch hat. The young soldier looks forward, with both hands in the pockets of his breeches, and his right foot slightly forward. The figure is positioned on a dark green enamel circular base, which has the word 'DIGGER' incised at the front of the base. Incised on the left hand side of the base is the word 'LIGHT', the word incised on the right hand side is illegible [possibly 'NORL', 'NORE', 'MARE', or 'HORSE'].

Marks

Manufacturer's graphic logo, name, text logo, location and specifications on underside of base, printed in black "(graphic logo)/ ROYAL DOULTON/ (text logo)/ ENGLAND/ Ro. No. 668,504". Graphic logo: A lion atop a crown with five points. Text logo: Four interlinked "D"'s.

Dimensions

Height

300 mm

Production

Notes

Modelled by Ernest W. Light (active at Doulton, Burslem, 1912-1918). Light was a sculptor and modeller who produced a number of figure designs for Doulton. He lived in Hanly and was 'master in charge' at Stoke School of Art from 1920-1932.

First produced at Doulton (Burslem) during the First World War. Sold until about 1938.
There were two versions of Australian Digger produced: one painted in khaki enamel and one with green Titanian glaze. John Shorter also recalls seeing a version with gold buttons (He saw only one example).

Made

Doulton and Company 1915-1938

Designed

Light, Ernest W null

History

Notes

Purchased by vendor from a deceased St Ives resident.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1996

Acquisition Date

17 December 1996

Cite this Object

Harvard

Figure, 'Digger', porcelain, Ernest W. Light/Royal Doulton, Burslem, England, 1915-1938 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2018, <https://ma.as/153547>

Wikipedia

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