Doulton Character Jugs

Beefeater Character Jug

The Royal Doulton Character Jug “Beefeater” stands as a quintessential example of the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the renowned British pottery company, Royal Doulton. Introduced in 1947, this piece was the brainchild of designer Harry Fenton, a figure who played a pivotal role in the development and popularization of these character jugs.

A Set of Three Royal Doulton Beefeater Graduated Character Jugs
A Set of Three Royal Doulton Beefeater Graduated Character Jugs (D6206, D6233, D6251)

Character jugs, different from traditional toby jugs which are full-bodied figures, are typically busts featuring only the head and shoulders. The Beefeater jug, a representation of the ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London, is a striking embodiment of this style. It showcases a vibrant and detailed depiction of a Beefeater, officially known as the Yeomen Warders, who have become symbols of London and British heritage.

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Harry Fenton’s design captures the essence of the Beefeater with remarkable attention to detail. The jug features the iconic Tudor-style uniform, complete with the ruff, red and gold-embroidered attire, and the distinctive flat cap. These elements are not only historically accurate but also exhibit a level of artistic expertise that Royal Doulton is celebrated for. The facial expression of the Beefeater is stern yet dignified, reflecting the solemn responsibility of guarding one of the UK’s most significant historical sites.

It was released in 3 sizes: D6206 Large; D6233 Small; and D6251 Miniature.

Did you know? In 1953 the Royal Cypher on the Handle GR (George Rex) was changed to ER (Elizabeth Regina).