Learn about Royal Doulton History

The Doulton factory was established in 1815 in Lambeth, South London by John Doulton (1793 - 1873), who had previously been employed at the nearby Fulham Pottery. He initially had two partners, Martha Jones and John Watts, the former of who left the company in 1820, and the latter in 1854.

He began by producing practical and decorative stoneware, such as bottles and sewer pipes from his small pottery

John's son Henry (1820 - 1897) joined the company in 1835 and the production of stoneware items was expanded to include laboratory articles, sanitary ware and drainpipes, which were sold worldwide.

In the mid 1850s John Doulton began experimenting with a more decorative pottery items. Many glazes and decorative effects were developed including faience, impasto, silicon, carrara, marqueterie, chine, and rouge flambe.

From about 1860, Doulton began to revive earlier types of stoneware, such as copies of 18th-century vessels. The famous salt-glazed wares with blue decoration first appeared in 1862.

Through Henry Doulton, the pottery became associated with the Lambeth School of Art directed by John Sparkes from about 1866. more...

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A Royal Doulton elephant figure, modelled by Charles Noke 1930 HN2640, model number 626 printed Doulton factory mark to foot, height: 29.5 cm, length 59 cm

A Royal Doulton flambe tiger, circa 1925, By Charles Noke, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, 15cm high, 34cm long

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe hunting scene vase, circa 1930, by Charles Noke, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton England, Sung, Flambe, Noke, 15cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe crystalline glaze vase, circa 1930, by Harry Noke, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton Made in England, Flambe, Hn, 6cm high, Provenance: The Frank Ollerenshaw Collection

A large Royal Doulton Sung flambe leaf bowl, circa 1930, by Charles Noke and F. Allen, stamped Royal Doulton England, Sung, Noke, 37cm diameter

A Royal Doulton flambe hare and stalking fox, circa 1930, By Charles Noke, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, the hare 7cm high, the fox 13cm long

A Royal Doulton flambe drake and a swallow, circa 1930, By Charles Noke, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, the drake 15cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe elephant, circa 1925, By Charles Noke, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, 15cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe elephant, circa 1930, By Charles Noke, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, 15cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe cat, circa 1925, By Charles Noke, stamped Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, 13cm high

A rare Royal Doulton flambe fox, circa 1925, experimental colourway by Charles Noke, stamped Royal Doulton England Flambe Made in England, 11cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe fox, circa 1925, By Charles Noke and Fred Allen, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton Flambe Made in England, 23cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe leaf pattern vase, circa 1920, By Charles Noke, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton England Sung Flambe, 18cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe 'Middle Eastern' scene vase, circa 1920, By Charles Noke and Arthur Eaton, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton England Sung Flambe Noke, 17cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe vase, circa 1920, By Charles Noke and Fred Allen, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton England Sung Flambe Noke F Allen, 20cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe vase, circa 1920, By Charles Noke and Fred Moore, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton England Sung Flambe Noke, Fm, 26cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe 'Middle Eastern' scene dessert service, circa 1920, By Charles Noke and Arthur Eaton, comprising four comports and eight plates, stamped Royal Doulton, England, Sung, flambe, Noke, the tallest comport 13.5cm high, 22.5cm diamete

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe tendril vase, circa 1925, by Charels Noke and Harry Nixon, stamped & inscribed Royal Doulton, Sung Flambe, Made in England, Noke, H.N, 14 cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe stem vase, circa 1925, by Charels Noke, stamped Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, 8635, 20.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe landscape vase, circa 1925, by Charles Noke, stamped Royal Doulton England, Made in England, Flambe, Sung, Noke, 14.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe 'Elephant' dish, circa 1925, by Charles Noke and Fred Moore, stamed Royal Doulton England, Flambe Sung, Noke, F.M., 4 cm high, 10 cm wide

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe vase, circa 1925, by Charles Noke and Fred Allen, inscribed Royal Doulton, Sung, Made in England, Noke, F.Allen 3366, 12 cm high

A Royal Doulton Chang ware two handled bowl, circa 1925, by Charles Noke and Harry Nixon, stamped Royal Doulton England, Made in England, Noke, H.N, 13.5 cm across the handles

A Royal Doulton Chang ware vase, circa 1920, by Charles Noke and Harry Nixon, inscribed Royal Doulton England, Chang, Noke, H.N, 9 cm high, 14 cm wide

A Royal Doulton Chang ware vase, circa 1920, by Charles Noke, Harry Nixon and Fred Allen, inscribed Royal Doulton, Chang, England, Noke, H.N, F.A, 13.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton Chang ware vase, circa 1920, by Charles Noke and Harry Nixon, inscribed Royal Doulton, Chang, England, Noke, H.N, 15 cm high

A Royal Doulton Chang ware vase, circa 1920, by Charles Noke and Harry Nixon, inscribed Royal Doulton, Chang, Noke, H.N, 18 cm high

A Royal Doulton Chang ware bowl, circa 1920, by Charles Noke and Harry Nixon, stamped Royal Doulton, Chang, Noke, 11 cm high, 21.5 cm diameter

A Royal Doulton Chang ware vase, circa 1920, by Charles Noke, Harry Nickson & Fred Allen, stamped Royal Doulton, England, Chang, Noke, H.N, F.A., 22 cm high

A Royal Doulton vase, early 20th century, by Charles Noke and Harry Nixon, marks illegible, 29 cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe bowl with two handles, circa 1925, by Charles Noke and Fred Moore, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton England, Made in England, Sung, Noke, F.M., 16 cm across the handles

A Royal Doulton flambe Libation cup, circa 1925, by Charles Noke, stamped Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, F.M., 7.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe porcelain vase, circa 1925, by Charles Noke, stamped Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, Noke, ?17 cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe 'Blossom' vase, circa 1925, by Charles Noke, stamped Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Sung, Made in England, with Beard Watson & Co. Limited Sydney paper label and Doulton & Co. label, 37 cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe landscape vase, circa 1925, by Charles Noke and Fred Allen, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton, England, Sung, Flambe, made in England F.A., 20.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton Chinese Jade lidded bowl, circa 1920, by Charles Noke and Harry Nixon, stamped Royal Doulton England, Chinese Jade, Noke, Hn, 12 cm high, 18 cm wide

A Royal Doulton flambe 'Fish and Lotus' vase, circa 1930, by Charles Noke, stamped Royal Doulton Flambe, 16 cm high

A Royal Doulton 'Blossom' vase with gilt highlights, circa 1925, by Charles Noke and Harry Nixon, stamped Royal Doulton Flambe, Hn, 16 cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe grape decorated vase with gilt highlights, circa 1930, by Charles Noke and Harry Nixon, stamped Royal Doulton England Flambe, Hn, 26 cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung 'Firebird' flambe stem vase, circa 1920, by Charles Noke, stamped Royal Doulton Sung Flambe, Noke, 17 cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe 'Blossom' vase, circa 1930, by Charles Noke, stamped Royal Doulton Sung Flambe, 30 cm high, 30 cm diameter

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