Rare not produced variation of the clown painted with black hair.
This unique color trial is photographed and detailed in A Century of Royal Character & Toby Jugs by Stephen M. Mullins Schiffer Publishing, With Royal Doulton mark to underside and Rd No 810520.The Black-Haired Clown, A Very Rare Doulton Character Jug designed by Harry Fenton, circa 1937 this jug was produced in very limited numbers (less than five) and presented to the Bob Pender troupe of `Knockabout Comedians' who were popular theatrical performers in the 1920's and 30's. Pender himself was known as `The Great Drury Lane Clown' and his trademark was a clown's head of black hair. The Impressionist and Comedian Peter Cavanagh acquired the jug from Pender and it passed by family line to it's current owner. A young Archie Leach was also a member of Pender's troupe and a family member recalls lending Leach 30 to make his fortune in America. He later changed his name to Cary Grant.
Artist: Harry Fenton
Manufacturer: Royal Doulton
Country of Origin: England
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