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 'Doulton Sung' ovoid vase, decorated with an exotic bird on a fiery red background, signed under the base: Noke and with initials for Fred Moore. Height 17 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Burslem Artwares' lantao vase, in Oriental Sung

A Doulton 'Burslem Artwares' lantao vase in Oriental Sung, No. 168 of an edition of 350. Height 16 cm

A Doulton flambe 'Sung' vase designed by Charles Noke, tulip shape with fluted body, c.1947, signed Noke. Height 18.5 cm

A Doulton 'Sung' flambe tall ovoid vase, designed by Charles Noke and Harry Nixon, c.1947, signed Noke and monogrammed H.N. Hairline cracks to base. Height 26 cm

Charles Noke for Royal Doulton, Sung vase, chalice shape with a rich red and yellow drizzled glaze, signed to base. Height 12 cm

A Royal Doulton flambe Sung vase by Noke & Moore, the tapered long leaf and flower stems in deep and pale blue glaze upon the flambe red ground, painted and printed artist's and pottery marks to base. Height 15.7 cm

An impressive Doulton flambe 'Sung' large jar, ovoid shouldered shape, signed A.(Arthur Charles) Eaton (act.1889 - 1932), decorated with a peacock in flight. Impressed mark for June 1923, signed Noke under the base. Height 27 cm

A Doulton flambe 'Sung' vase designed by Charles Noke and Fred Moore, tulip shape with fluted body, circa 1947, signed Noke and monogrammed FM. Height 18.5 cm

Royal Doulton Sung flambe bowl by Arthur Eaton and Charles Noke, decorated with an exotic bird on a rich red ground. Signed and additionally signed to the base. Diameter 18 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Sung' ovoid vase, designed by Charles Noke with pinetrees in a continuous landscape, artist monogram, printed marks 42 cm high

A Royal Doulton 'Sung' bowl and cover designed by Charles Noke, circa 1925, painted with flying cranes, the cover with a large finial of a seated sage, artist's signature, Sung, no 7701418E and factory mark, 13 cm diameter

A Royal Doulton Sung glazed flambe vase of cylindrical form with 'sponged' yellow patches to the top, 6.5 x 13 cm

Exhibition size Royal Doulton flambe lidded jar, with rare scene of highland cattle. Signed Noke and Sung to base.51 cm high.

Royal Doulton Sung flambe vase marked 'Royal Doulton Flambe' to base. Height 15 cm

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe vase by Charles Noke and Arthur Eaton, circa 1930, baluster, painted with a phoenix in flight on a red ground, printed factory mark and painted signatures. Height 22 cm

Royal Doulton Sung glaze flambe vase signed Noke and F. Allen to base. Height 19.5 cm

Royal Doulton 'Sung' bowl with Lilly in the Valley decoration, marked Sung to base. 22.5 cm diameter, 21 cm height

An impressive Royal Doulton Sung jardiniere, by Charles Noke, circa 1920-28, of oval form, decorated with firebird on a rich mottled gold and cobalt ground flashed in sang de boeuf, the interior in sang de boeuf lustre, printed and painted marks, model No.

A Royal Doulton Sung vase, by Charles Noke and Charles Hart, of cylindrical form, decorated with fish, damaged, 25.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung vase, decorated by Charles Noke and Arthur Charles Eaton, with a shepherd with his flock at nightfall, black marks, original paper label, damage. Height 28 cm

A Royal Doulton Sung vase, by Charles Noke, of bell shape, decorated with cows in a sunset landscape, shape No. 7790, large chip to lip. Height 20 cm

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