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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Two Royal Doulton twin handle Dickens ware vases, 'Trolly Veek', 'Little Nell', 13 cm high approx

A Royal Doulton Dickens Ware teaset, oblong form teapot with cream and sugar, four trios and a cake plate. (Some faults)

A rare Royal Doulton Dickens Ware spittoon, Alfred Jingle, fat boy and Sam Weller to the body. 19 cm x 18 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Rustic England' bowl together with Royal Doulton Dickens wear 'Cap'n Cuttle'

A Royal Doulton Dickens Ware tobacco humidor, the lid with original metal fitting but old staple repairs

A Royal Doulton Dickens Ware shaving mug, a rare shape, repair to base

Nine Royal Doulton bowls, including 'Dickens Ware'. (9)

A Royal Doulton 'Dickens Ware' teapot, and six cups, saucers & plates. (7)

Six Royal Doulton 'Dickens Ware' cups and saucers. (6)

Two Royal Doulton 'Dickens Ware' vases, 'Bill Sykes' and 'Artful Dodger'. (2) Heights 18 cm and 20 cm

Royal Doulton Series Ware plate 'The Squire'; Dickens Ware 'Tom Pinch'; 'Wolsey' plate & bowl. (4 items)

Royal Doulton blue and white 'Shakespeare and Dickens' plates, approx 26 cm (2)

Royal Doulton Dickens Ware tureen Bill Sykes, Mr Pickwick, crack to lid

A Royal Doulton Dickens ware biscuit barrel, decorated with 'Sam Weller' and 'Mr. Pickwick', designed by Noke, tapering cylindrical shape with silver plated lid and swing handle. Hairline to rim. Height 16.5 cm

A Royal Doulton Dickens Ware earthenware Mr Squeers teapot. Height 16 cm

Six Royal Doulton series ware pieces; a circular landscape plate D5368, 26 cm diameter a square plate depicting Historic England Thomas A'Beckett Canterbury Cathedral 14.5 cm square Dickens-ware square plate Sam Weller, 15 cm diameter and three Dickens war

Two Royal Doulton Series Ware plates; Bill Sykes D5915, 26 cm diameter, Fagin D5175, 26 cm diameter

Two Royal Doulton Dickens Ware items. 'The Artful Dodger' lobed dish, 1937; and 'Tom Pinch' sandwich tray. Diameter 29.5 cm, and length 34 cm

Royal Doulton 'Dickens Ware' plate and beaker both are Bill Sykes pattern, plate 25 cm wide, beaker 9 cm high

Royal Doulton Dickens Series Ware the Fat Boy shallow dish

Royal Doulton Series Ware Fagin bowl on a plated stand. 17 cm high.

A Royal Doulton Dickens ware vase and large plate Alfred Jingle and a small plate The Artful Dodger and a small dish Mr Micawber. Vase: Height 11.5cm longarge Plate: Diameter 26.5 cm.

Two Royal Doulton Series Ware plates one Coaching the other Dickens ware. Diameter 27 cm.

A Royal Doulton selection of Dickens ware. Large Plate: Diameter 26 cm Bowl: Height 9 cm.

Three Royal Doulton Dickens 1910 series ware plates. Diameter 26 cm

A Royal Doulton Dickens Ware vase of globular form with moulded handles. Height 17 cm

A Royal Doulton Dickens Ware bowl. Height 9.5 cm. Width 19.5 cm

Two Royal Doulton wall display plates 'Dickens' and 'The Admiral'.

Royal Doulton limited edition hand painted porcelain 'The Dickens jug'. No. 265 of 1000 signed C. J. Noke. Height 26.5 cm

A pair of Royal Doulton 'Dickens Ware' bowls. 'Sam Weller' together with 'Sairey Gamp.' Serial number: D5175. Diameter 16.5 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Dickens Ware' ewer of cylindrical flared form, with moulded handle, the front with cartouche of Mr. Pickwick, the reverse with cartouche of Sam Weller. Height 26 cm

Royal Doulton 'Coaching Days Series Ware' part set comprising, large plates (9), medium plates (3), large octagonal plate, saucers (17), small plates (15), small octagonal plates (4); Dickens Ware bowl 'The Artful Dodger'. Condition varies; mostly fine (50

Royal Doulton Dickens fruit bowl decorated with four Dickens characters and signed Noke

A Royal Doulton Dickens Ware wash bowl and jug bill Sykes, pail Mr Maccawber, chamber Dick Swiveller and the tooth brush holder, the Art Dodger and a soap holder.

Group of Royal Doulton bowls featuring Hamlet and Dickens Scenes