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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Royal Doulton two handled ball vase, in Blue Children series. 16 cm high.

A Doulton Burslem 'Blue Children' oval plaque, decorated with two young girls talking to a tiny witch. Length 24.5 cm

A rare pair of Burslem pottery Co 'Blue children type' vases, C1920 each with gilded handles, one with restored foot 28.5 cm high

Royal Doulton pair of blue children vases one decorated with bonneted children under a tree, the other with mother & child in winetr landscape with gilding to the rim of bother vases. Height 26 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' vase, tapering cylindrical form, decorated with women in snowstorm with fur muffs, printed marks to base, professional restoration to rim. 10 x 33 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' urn, with scene of women with muffs in snowstorm, gilded handle to each shoulder, gilt embellishments to lid rim and base, restored and re-gilded handles and mouth, restored cover. 14 x 25 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' vase, of tapering cylindrical form with trumpet mouth, gilded handle to each side at neck, scene of a woman in a snowstorm, gilded embellishment to rim and base, professional restoration. 11.5 x 25 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' vase, the small vase featuring a scene of two young boys talking, decoratively moulded and gilded handles to each shoulder, with further gilded embellishments to rim and base. Repair to rim. 7 x 10 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' vase, bottle form, with scene of girl with doll talking to a frog, gilt embellishment to rim and base, professional restoration. 11 x 25 cm

Two Royal Doulton mugs, both decorated with scenes from the Blue Children series, introduced in the 1890s, augmented in 1915 and withdrawn by 1930. Minute firing flaw inside rim

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' vase, decorated with 'Boy and Girl Peeping into a Tree Hole' (scene 12), inverse baluster shape raised on an asymmetrical foot and with gilded serpentine mouth, printed marks to base. Restoration and re-gilding to rim. Heigh

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' jardiniere, decorated with 'A Woman Sheltering Children in a Storm' (scene 7), squat circular shape, very fine internal hairline. Impact hairline to rear. Diameter 21 cm

A large Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' circular wall plaque, decorated with 'A Girl Rummaging in Mother's Basket' (scene 15), printed marks to base and dated October 1907. Diameter 36.5 cm

A pair of Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' two handled vases, of tapering cylindrical shape with everted mouths, decorated with 'A Picnic Scene' (scene 18) and 'A Girl Gathering Flowers' (scene 20). Small hairline to rim of one. Height 13.5 cm

A large Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' vase, decorated with 'Three Girls Watching Tinkerbell' (scene 21), ovoid shape with cylindrical neck, inner rim with large recent chip, old chip to foot, incorrectly marked 'Flambe' under the foot. Height 28 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' cabinet plate, decorated with 'Two Young Girls at the Foot of a Tree', impressed marks to base, c. April 1914. Diameter 23 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' vase, cylindrical form with spreading base, with scene of a young girl rummaging in mother's basket, gilt embellishment to rim and base with gilt handle to each side at base

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' vase, inverted baluster hexagonal form with scene of a young girl gathering flowers in a basket. 9 cm x 21 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' vase, inverted baluster hexagonal form, with a scene of two girls cross legged under a tree, small rim frit. 9 cm x 21 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' cabinet plate, decorated with 'Two Children Peeping in to a Tree Hole', printed marks to base, circa 1914. Diameter 23 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' vase, decorated with the scene of a mother, two daughters picnicking under a tree with their collie dog. Gild embellishment to rim and base, 'kiln kiss' to glaze on one side. Height 23 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' vase of stylised pumpkin form, the scene shows two little girls sheltering under an umbrella, gilded detail to rim and base. 10 cm x 10 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' jardiniere, decorated with 'A Woman Playing a Guitar in a Wooded Landscape', printed marks to base. Diameter 21 cm

A very large Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' jardiniere, decorated with 'Hide and Seek', scene 17 from the series; of squat circular shape with everted rim, rim chip and crack. Height 28 cm, diameter 33 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' vase, tapering ovoid form with round spreading foot, decorated with a woman with child, professional restoration to top and base. 7 cm x 24.5 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Childrens' toothbrush holder, featuring a young girl with a crying toddler, the other side has a girl flying a kite with a small dog. 10 cm x 13.5 cm

Royal Doulton blue children vase. Girl on sea shore. Height 15 cm

Royal Doulton Blue Children Series vase, impressed Doulton mark, 15.5 cm high

Large Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' cylinder vase C:1920

Pair Royal Doulton 'Blue children' Series Ware plates, c1900, flow blue transfer Ware printed scenes. Diameter 23.5 cm

A Royal Doulton jardiniere 'Blue children' (crazing to base - stained)

Small Royal Doulton 'Blue children' globular shaped vase

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