English Royal Doulton miniature Little Nell hand-painted bone china figurine from the novel The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens.
A fair-skinned young girl with light-brown eyes and long wavy blond hair trailing to her shoulders, stands upon a black plinth with a low blocked support, clasping her right hand to her breast and with her other hand holding a black book against her left hip. She wears a long pink short-sleeve dress with white cuffs and a wide white collar, extending to her ankles, lavender colored stockings and low black shoes.
Made by Royal Doulton in Burslem, England, dating c. 1949-1983. The bottom surface is underglaze printed in dark-green with a trademark above the title, “LITTLE NELL.” The trademark is configured with a crowned lion standing upon a diadem with a braided base, dividing a country-of-origin inscription, "MADE IN ENGLAND" arching above a circular figure composed of the tradename "ROYAL DOULTON" barred above the country-of-origin "ENGLAND” enclosing a quatrefoil-device formed by four intersecting iterations of the initial “D”; above the type-of-ware “BONE CHINA.” This figure is M88 introduced in 1949, part of a series of miniature figures introduced by Royal Doulton, and withdrawn in 1983; shown on page 432 of Royal Doulton Figures by Eyles and Dennis. Good condition. Measures 10.7 cm tall; the plinth is 3.3 cm x 3.2 cm.