Designed in Stoke-on-Trent, the heart of the Potteries, and made from the finest quality bone china every figurine is brought to life by a team of renowned artists, modellers and sculptors.
Our master painter, Dan Smith, trained with Royal Doulton on Nile Street to become a Prestige Painter, working with sculptors such as Alan Maslankowski and Peggy Davies to create some of Royal Doulton’s most famous pieces.
We often work with modeller Valerie Annand, an amazing artist equally adept at producing 2D artworks and at 3D sculptures. She is famous amongst lovers of collectibles for her ability to capture incredible movement in bone china figures, such as in her pieces for Royal Doulton, Coalport, Royal Worecester, and Compton & Woodhouse under their Royal Staffordshire brand.
We’ve also teamed up with TV’s Thelma Madine, star of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and dressmaker to the travellers, to design a new collection of china figurines true to her trademark style. Gypsy Wedding Dreams, her first limited edition figures, are selling fast, so collect yours today.
Master Painter Dan Smith
Dan Smith left school in 1969 when his flair for art gained him an apprenticeship with Royal Doulton at their figurine factory in Nile St, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. He painted such iconic pieces Autumn Breeze and Top o’ the Hill and his natural flair and ability were soon noticed. After 15 years as a Royal Doulton painter, Dan moved to the Prestige Department, where the most highly skilled artists created pieces such as Princess Badoura, Saint George and Hercules, amongst others.
Dan has travelled the world to meet keen collectors and to showcase his skills. He visited the USA, Hong Kong, Japan and the Far East, as well as several trips to Australia and New Zealand, and is well known and respected by collectors. His signature is highly sought after and his work has been sold in auction houses across the world.
Now Dan is turning his skilled hands to the English Ladies Co products and is enjoying the opportunity to design beautiful new pieces with a sense of style and individuality. He enjoys applying the skills and techniques he learned to create a new, modern style of his own.