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 Shakespeare series, 'Hamlet' plate and 'Wolsey' bowl, approx 19 cm and 20 cm D (2)

A group of three Royal Doulton Shakespeare series plates. Various dates from 1923 (design dates earlier), plates of various sizes comprising 'Wolsey', D 3746 in a sepia toned church setting circa 1923-1927; 'Falstaff', number 3596 in a forest, from 1932; a

A large Royal Doulton Sir John Falstaff Toby jug, designed late 1930s, the Charles Noke's designed jug of the Shakespearean character, potbellied with frothing beers in both hands; with backstamp from 1932 and impressed design numerals 8326. Height 21.5 cm

A Royal Doulton Shakespearean Series Ware coffee service, comprising a coffee pot, helmet shaped jug and sugar bowl together with six coffee cans and saucers and side plates.

A group of Royal Doulton Shakespeare Series Ware and others

A Royal Doulton Shakespearian series ware biscuit barrel 'Anne Page' D3746, with silver plated cover and swing handle. Height 15 cm

A Royal Doulton Shakespearian series ware biscuit barrel 'Ophelia', D3746, with silver plated cover and swing handle. Height 14.5 cm

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series jug Juliet and Ophelia cup and saucer

Royal Doulton Shakesperian Series Ware shallow dish Katherine

Royal Doulton Shakespearean Series Ware shallow bowl Anne Page

Royal Doulton Shakesperian Series Ware Ophelia oval bowl

Royal Doulton Shakesperian Series Ware Orlando bowl. Diameter 20 cm

Royal Doulton Shakesperian Series Ware Katherine bowl. Diameter 20 cm

Four Royal Doulton Shakespearian Series Ware plates comprising plates Portia, Flagstaff, Juliet with a bowl named Sairey Gamp. (4) Plates 21 cm wide Plates 24 cm wide Bowl 24 cm wide

Four Royal Doulton 'Shakespearian' Series Ware sandwich plates, Ophelia, Orlando, Flagstaff and Katherine. 24 cm wide. 23 cm wide

A Royal Doulton Shakespearian Series Flagstaff and Hamlet. Diameter 26 cm.

Royal Doulton large Shakespeare Series Ware plaque 'Ophelia'. Depth 35 cm

A Royal Doulton Series Ware, plate from the Shakespeare range depicting Katharine together with a Doulton bowl dipicting Henry VIII (2)