Beatrix Potter "Mr. Tod" BP4 Beswick Signature

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Beatrix Potter "Mr. Tod" BP4 Beswick Signature

123.00

Endearing characters from over twenty-three story books written by English author Helen Beatrix Potter were charmingly recreated in fine hand-painted porcelain by F. Warne & Co. Ltd. in Beswick, England and then by the famed Royal Doulton company.

This figurine depicts Mr. Tod, an elegant red fox, smartly attired as a proper English gentleman, complete with an ascot and walking stick. He was the central character in Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Mr. Tod," written in 1912.

The Tale of Mr. Tod is critically considered one of Potter's "most complex and successful in plot and tone."

"Tod" is a common name for a fox, from the Saxon, and it was the word in ordinary use in Scotland amongst the country people even into the turn of the century.

Coveted by collectors the world over, Mr. Tod is technically known as BP4 Beswick Signature based on the markings found on the bottom of the figurine.

Issued only from 1988 to 1989, this highly desirable version of the Mr. Tod figurine is known as BP4 Beswick Signature due to the markings. The Beswick backstamp was replaced by the Royal Doulton backstamp, and the Beswick connection was sustained by the inclusion of the John Beswick signature.

BEATRIX POTTER

"Mr. Tod"

F. Warne & Co. 1988

Licensed by Copyright

John Beswick Signature

Studio of Royal Doulton

England

The figurine is in excellent condition, with absolutely no chips, cracks, crazing, or repairs of any kind. It is exceptionally clean and dust free.

This is the sixth Beatrix Potter figurine we have listed.

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Helen Beatrix Potter was born in 1866, and lived in the English countryside with her artistic parents. She had few friends beyond her large extended family, but enjoyed watching the little animals that inhabited her family's property. Often she sketched and painted, even writing imaginative stories about the animals at a young age . This innate artistic and creative gift was most famously expressed through a series of tales she wrote about a character called Peter Rabbit. In all, she wrote twenty-three such tales, including:

  1. The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902)
  2. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (1903)
  3. The Tailor of Gloucester (1903)
  4. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (1904)
  5. The Tale of Two Bad Mice (1904)
  6. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (1905)
  7. The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan (1905)
  8. The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher (1906)
  9. The Story of A Fierce Bad Rabbit (1906)
  10. The Story of Miss Moppet (1906)
  11. The Tale of Tom Kitten (1907)
  12. The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck (1908)
  13. The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or, The Roly-Poly Pudding (1908)
  14. The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (1909)
  15. The Tale of Ginger and Pickles (1909)
  16. The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse (1910)
  17. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes (1911)
  18. The Tale of Mr. Tod (1912)
  19. The Tale of Pigling Bland (1913)
  20. Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes (1917)
  21. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse (1918)
  22. Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes (1922)
  23. The Tale of Little Pig Robinson (1930)