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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Large Royal Worcester 'blush ivory' vase C1894, with twin handles,handpainted thistle and gilt decoration, attributed to Edward Raby, height 56.5 cm approx

A Royal Worcester vase with decoration by Raby, 1890. The ovoid cream satin vase with a printed wild rose design with the monogram of Raby, and having a well moulded oriental inspired collar in shot amber and apple green gilded colours, the shaped foot wit

Royal Worcester tall vase with lid, blush ground with floral decoration by Edward Raby (lid finial restored)

A pair of Royal Doulton vase painted Edward Raby, each of bulbous form, one painted roses, and the other poppies and with raised gilt. 18 cm.

A pair of Royal Worcester ewer vases painted by Edward Raby, each of ovoid shape with mouth, handle and foot decorated with acanthus leaf mouldings highlighted in gilt over a cobalt glaze, the bodies decorated with bouquets of thistle and other wild flower

A Royal Doulton vase hand-painted by Edward John Raby (act. 1892 - 1919), of tapering cylindrical shape with flaring mouth, two handles low on the body. Painted with poppies in a moonlit garden scene. Raised gilded designs to the rim and handles. Signed, p

A Royal Worcester tazza 1892, the blush ivory tazza upon a scrolled and foliate base, with wildflowers, brambles, butterflies and a grasshopper, painted and signed by Edward Raby; maker's marks and numeric identification underside. Height 11.5 cm. Diameter

Royal Doulton, a good vase of ovoid shape painted with roses by Edward Raby, gilt handles to the shoulder (one handle repaired). Height 36 cm

A large Royal Doulton sleeve vase, by Edward Raby, circa 1900 painted with a continuous frieze of sheep grazing in a landscape amongst blossoming trees, within gilt rims, printed factory mark and signed E. Raby 45 cm high

A Royal Doulton Luscian Ware vase, by Edward Raby of stylised Art Nouveau form painted with a garden scene within scrolling gilt tendril borders, printed factory marks and signed E. Raby 35 cm high

A tall Royal Worcester 'Prismatic' enamel vase by Edward Raby, circa 1895, a tall Royal Worcester 'Prismatic' enamel vase by Edward Raby, circa 1895 of urn shape with moulded gargoyle ring handles, painted in soft pastel hues with trailing flowers and foli

A Royal Worcester single handled jug, circa 1890. Edward Raby, the reeded conical shaped body with outswept arm rising to an elegant gilt rimmed spout, the body painted with butterflies and poppies, signed ER. Height 22 cm

A large Royal Worcester blush ivory porcelain vase and cover Edward Raby, circa 1893, Compressed baluster, finely painted with wild flowers and insects, moulded acanthus and floral decorated neck, flanked by mask and grotesque scroll handles, conforming co

Royal Doulton c.1930's/40's 'Raby roses' 78 piece part dinner set, including 9 dinner plates, 9 entree plates, 7 small cake plates, two large cake plates, one meat plate, 9 bread/butter plates, two butter dishes, 9 soup bowls, 10 dessert bowls, 13 cups and

A large Royal Doulton vase by Edward Raby, circa 1900, of tapered cylindrical form decorated with coloured poppies on a pastel ground within gilt borders; signed E. Raby to the body, printed and painted factory marks;. Height 51 cm

Small pair of Royal Worcester blush Ware ewers with hand painted floral decoration. Initialled E.R. For Edward Raby 1893

A tall Royal Worcester vase, circa 1885, signed E. Raby, the inverted almond shaped vase with tapered tubular neck from which the base of rises a pair of high scrolled foliate handles displaying handpainted poppies and dandelions. Stamped to base with furt

Royal Worcester covered vase with swags on the shoulder, mask handles, a reticulated neck, finely painted polychrome flowers and a butterfly, gilt outlines, a matt powder blue ground, backstamped, a printed mark, reg no '141378' and '1407', '12' (in blue)

A Royal Worcester blush ivory vase monogram for Edward Raby, circa 1894, ovoid, painted with thistles and flowers flanked by angular handles raised, circular foot, gilt highlights, puce factory mark, registration number and model No. 1481. Height 31.5 cm

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