The 1970’s saw many new modellers joining Royal Doulton and inevitably some of their early work was rejected. In 1975 Robert Tabbenor’s, Uncle Tom Cobbleigh was rejected and in 1977, Peter Gee’s Jester toby was another that did not get approval to go into production. A new addition to the Williamsburg range, Cabinet Make Of Williamsburg, was advertised in 1981, but was never released as it was decided to discontinue the range. However, in 1995 it did finally join the range as it was released at the RDICC (Royal Doulton International Collectors Club) convention in Williamsburg to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the club.
Bill Harper’s produced some truly remarkable designs, but he too had a few rejected along the way. His first character jug of a pirate was rejected in 1976 and in 1986 his portrait of Pierre Trudeau also fell by the wayside as the Canadian Prime Minister was no longer in office when the character jug was ready for release. His Elvis prototype produced for the celebrity range was also rejected by his estate and there were many other from this range that unfortunately met with the same fate. A Marilyn Monroe prototype found its way into the marketplace in 1992 and was sold at auction for $17,500. The Marilyn Monroe prototype I would have to say is the ultimate dream jug for this collector.
In the late 1980’s a few more character jug prototypes never made it beyond this point, Robin Hood, by Eric Griffiths, Uncle Sam, by Harry Sales and a Prison Warder by Stanley Taylor and I’m sure there were a lot more that will at some point find their way to market in years to come.
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