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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Doulton Burslem vase, with floral and gilt decoration, modeled for Herbert Betterley, circa 1898-1899, height 28 cm approx

Doulton Burslem vase, with floral decorations, hand painted by C. Hart, 35 cm high approx

Doulton & Co, Burslem, an Australian Federation 1901 Commemorative Ware jardiniere, printed with a profile portrait of Queen Victoria in a wreath framed by two British soldiers, the Duke and Duchess of York, Earl of Hopetoun and Sir Henry Parkes, decor

A Doulton Burslem signed rose cabinet plate, circa 1887., with signature of L Bilton (Louis), the scallop edged plate with a fine trailing gilt floral border, delicately painted with a loose spray of pink dog rose and other blooms, signed to image, backsta

A Royal Doulton blue and white floral decorated jardiniere. 32 cm high, 38 cm diametre.

Two Doulton Lambeth floral vases by Frank Butler, each of baluster form with applies Arts & Crafts floral designs, both with flared rim and intricate impressed or raised background, tallest 34 cm high

Two Doulton Lambeth Art Nouveau vases by Eliza Simmance, both in elongated baluster form with flared foot & rim, each decorated with slip glaze floral arrangements against profusely moulded and stippled backgrounds, tallest 31 cm high

A pair of Doulton Lambeth vases by Eliza Simmance, 1885, of an impressive size in baluster form with broad flared rims, decorated with Nouveau flowing floral design to body & contrasting geometric floral collar, incised signature & date stamp to ea

A large Doulton Lambeth vase by Eliza Simmance, of baluster form embellished with raised Art Nouveau floral motifs in unusual blue glazes, height 38 cm

A large Doulton Lambeth vase by Eliza Simmance, of baluster form embellished with raised Art Nouveau floral motifs, 46.5 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth biscuit barrel, 'Birds in Flight and Roosting' by Florence Barlow, with reserves of morning and night birds and floral sprays within raised and beaded borders, 15 cm high

A Royal Doulton Slater patent vase, with cobalt foot and interior, light green neck, the central part ornamented of turquoise, orange, gold floral frieze, circa 1894-1896. Stamped at base 'Doulton Lambeth England', 'Doulton & Slaters patent

A good Doulton Lambeth Art Nouveau vase by Frank A. Butler (act. 1872-1911), the ovoid body decorated with a panel encircling the scalloped mouth of Art Nouveau poppies and slip trailed tendrils. The design sculpted in relief above a mottled brown glazed l

A 1930s Royal Doulton rare figurine 'Newhaven Fishwife', HN1480, designed by Harry Fenton and in production 1931-37, dressed in distinctive traditional dress of colourful striped petticoats and floral blouse, fish baskets behind and to her feet. Co

Royal Doulton pair of vases by lily Partington with floral & beaded decoration, stamped & incised to the base. Condition: good, minor wear to the bases. Height 25.5 cm

Royal Doulton Lambeth pair of gilded vases painted with floral detail, with stamped & incised marks to the base. Condition: good, minor wear to the base. Height 33 cm

Two complementary Royal Doulton patterned rack plates, circa 1910-1930s, patterns D3087 and D5294, a patterned Islamic plate and a floral series plate in the style of a Gothic rose window, both in maroon, blue and lemon colours; with backstamps and pattern

A Royal Doulton Slater patent vase, with central painted gold floral frieze. C.1928 - 1931. Height 24.5 cm

A Victorian Doulton Lambeth Patent water filter, the cylindrical body with an encircling band of dancing children, floral swags and other fine bands, original lid with conforming leaf decoration, impressed marks to the bracket form base. Height 30.5 cm

A rare large Royal Doulton Lambeth 'Thorne's Whisky' Art Nouveau whisky dispenser, baluster form, the blue ground with Art Nouveau tube-lined floral panels, the conforming lid with ovoid finial, relief maker's details to both sides, original brass tap to 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

Royal Doulton pair of vases decorated with floral gilded sprays. Condition goof to fair, some paint Ware, minor chips to the bases. Height 45 cm

Royal Doulton blue ground floral jardiniere with bird decoration

A fine signed Royal Doulton cabinet plate, 1922-1927 period, signed E. Wood (Edwin), the scalloped plate with a central floral bouquet of roses, aquilegia and others within a deep lavishly gilded border enclosing three shaped reserves with similar floral e

Doulton Burslem handpainted jug, with floral decoration and character head to the spout, small chips, 16 cm high

Antique Burslem Doulton salad bowl and servers with floral decoration and silver plated rim, diameter 27 cm approx

Royal Doulton titanian cylinder vase with repeating floral motifs. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Height 15.5 cm

Royal Doulton titanian cylinder vase with raised gilt floral detail. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Height 15.8 cm

Royal Doulton 'Wild Rose' charger also known as 'Roses G', is a rich hand painted 'Impasto' floral design with vibrant colours on a blue ground. Condition good, minor wear diameter 34.5 cm

39 piece Doulton Burslem tea set. Floral & leaf decoration. 12 each cups, saucers & plates; sugar bowl, cream jug & cake plate, GW1039. C.1900.

A Sixty one piece Royal Doulton dinner service 'Rondelay' pattern H 5004 a setting for eight in white with a floral green band, comprising soup bowls, dinner, entree and side plates, cups and associated saucers, sweet or cereal bowls, a lidded tureen, crea

Royal Doulton Majolica vase by O Heath having raised floral garland & thistle motifs on a blue drip glaze ground, impressed stamp '8457'. Condition excellent to good, minor age related wear to the base. Height 31 cm

Royal Doulton Majolica Jardinier by O Heath on tripod feet with floral swag decoration on blue & green drip glaze ground, impressed stamp '6948'. Condition good, minor age related wear, slight staining. Height 16.5 cm

Royal Doulton baluster vase, with blue floral decoration, 35 cm high

Two tier cake stand with Royal Doulton plates, with floral decoration, 32 cm high approx.

Doulton Burslem embossed trapezium bowl with floral decoration and gilt rim, c.1890

Late Victorian Doulton Burslem vase, with blue and gilt floral pattern, 20 cm high

A large Doulton Lambeth lidded earthenware jar, late 19th century, with numerals 5352, the John Huskisson decorated footed jar of tapering ovoid form having upper and lower running borders of raised foliate and fruit and floral designs in olive and tan upo

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware Saltglazed water jug, 1880, designed by George Tinworth, Doulton artist 1866-1913 period of tall tankard style, in a rich turquoise green upon a mottled amber ground with an incised and jewelled foliate and floral design through

Antique Doulton Burslem two handled vase, with handpainted floral and gilt decoration. 17 cm tall

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