DORIS LINDNER was born in Llanyre in Radnorshire, South Wales in 1896.
She studied sculpture at St. Martin’s School of Art in London, the British Academy in Rome and at Calderons Animal School in London. Both her Abstract Sculpture and her Art Deco models were exhibited in Heals store in London in the 1920’s, where they were seen by Joseph Gimson, Managing Director of Royal Worcester. The Company were taking on many freelance modellers and Mr. Gimson asked Miss Lindner to do some trial models. In 1931, an exhibition was held at the Beaux Arts Gallery in London, to advertise the new lines being introduced by Royal Worcester. This included some of Frederick Gertner’s historical figures and the work of several female freelance modellers, such as Gwendoline Parnell, Stella Crofts, Freda Doughty, Ethelwyn Baker and Doris Lindner.
Doris Lindner’s first models for Royal Worcester were of dogs, other small animals and Art Deco studies, followed by a series of zoo babies. In the 1960’s, Doris Lindner modelled a fantastic series of horses , equestrian studies and bulls, all studied from life. She travelled widely to gather information about her subjects. She consulted breeding societies and journeyed to America to study champion cattle in Texas. Miss Lindner worked in plasticine; she cut her models into sections before bringing them to the factory and always asked for her materials back in order to re-use them.
The Limited Editions designed and modelled by Miss Lindner reached the height of popularity in the 1960’s and she worked untiringly until she was over 80 years old Doris Lindner died in 1979.
I have a particularly rare full set of four mint Hunting Menu Holders made by Royal Worcester and sculpted by Doris Lindner. Hand painted. Puce backstamps. These include a Fox and three Foxhounds.Please ask me for further details.