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 large Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase by Frank Butler, circa 1900, incised artist monogram and impressed marks, 54 cm high

A large Doulton Lambeth stoneware 'Seaweed' vase lamp base by George Tinworth, circa 1880, of baluster form with beaded spiralling seaweed design, 36 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth silicon stoneware jug, painted with a copper luster to resemble metal. Rivets, seams, dents and were simulated to complete the illusion. Copper Ware was produced from the late 1880s until 1914., 17 x 15 cm

Royal Doulton motto stoneware jug with raised figures and grapevine decoration, 18.5 cm high

A fine pair of Doulton Lambeth Saltglazed stoneware vases, 1891 after, with mark of Frank Butler, the tall slender ovoid vases, tubelined, beaded and moriage decorated with bold scrolling vegetal forms in brown, cream, blue grey and olive green colours upo

A Royal Doulton Tabacco container, stoneware with blue glaze, patent numbered 194168, stamped to base X8343 11635, circa 1921-1923. Height 14 cm

Pair of Royal Doulton stoneware vases, circa 1900, signed E W ,marks to base, 33 cm high apprx

A large and rare Doulton & Watts stoneware Nelson flask, circa 1845, 42 cm high, modelled as a half-length figurehead of Nelson in uniform with all his orders and medals, the neck of the flask formed by the cockade, with a rope twist handle, the lower body

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware jardinière made for Ash & Sons, London circa 1880, 20.5 cm high

A large Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase by Hannah Barlow, circa 1890, incised artist monogram and impressed marks, 42 cm high

A large Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase by Frank Butler and Hannah Barlow, dated 1887, incised artists monograms and impressed marks, 47.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton Lambeth vase, Hannah Barlow (1851-1916) vase of buff-coloured stoneware covered with two white and sgraffito goat central panels decorations, painted in blue and white, Lambeth Art pottery, London, England, dated 1877. Marks and inscription

A Doulton Lambeth Slater's patent stoneware vase (AF), with a royal blue background and gilt and white enamelling. Appears to have part of neck removed. Height 27 cm

Four Victorian Doulton Lambeth stoneware jugs including 2 with sterling silver lids hallmarked London 1888 & 1893 (18 cm high tallest) and 2 others (1 with large chip)

A Royal Doulton Maori decorated salt glaze stoneware jug, ovoid form, the four stylised masks with encircling band above and stylised panels below all in relief in a deep olive green glaze, the body of mid-tan tone with fine salt glaze finish. Impressed ma

Pair of Doulton Lambeth stoneware vases c.1890 (one A/F)

A pair of Royal Doulton salt glazed stoneware vases, after 1922, with potter's marks for probably a Leslie Harradine, the baluster vases with trumpet necks and a mottled blue to amber glaze to the neck, collar and base enclosing a broad amber frieze wi

A pair of Royal Doulton Slaters patent stoneware vases, later 19th century, with potter's monogram for Isabella Miller, the large faience style baluster vases with trumpet necks and waisted bases, in rich amber and tan mottled tones having a broad frie

A Royal Doulton Art Nouveau stoneware vase by Eliza Simmance, c.1890 Doulton mark impressed to base, incised 'SE' 'Hk' '532' 24 cm high

Art Nouveau Royal Doulton stoneware vase 25.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton Stoneware vase with relief decoration, impressed marks to base.

Doulton Lambeth stoneware 'Harvest' scene three piece tea set

Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase decorated with flowers, impressed Doulton Lambeth mark to base. Height 12.5 cm

A large pair of Royal Doulton stoneware seated griffins, 1920s, impressed crowned lion mark. 41 cm high (2)

A Royal Doulton stoneware 'Kia Ora' large jardiniere, decorated in tiki masks, spiral motifs and 'Kia Ora' plaques, in a pale mottled blue band, the lower section of the body decorated in darker blue, diameter 21 cm and height 16.5 cm

Rowing: Royal Doulton Lambeth Stoneware 3-handled Loving Cup/ Tyg, 1882, with applied decoration of rowing, oars and rowers. Sterling silver rim

19th century Royal Doulton Stoneware jardiniere with leaves and berries measures 18cm high, 20 cm wide

Doulton Burslem stoneware sporting jug Soccer / Athletics designed John Broad, sterling silver rim, Hallmarked London 1882