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...

Learn about Royal Doulton Bunnykins Figures

Very few 20th century collectables have seen a more stellar rise in price than Royal Doulton Bunnykins figures. When Royal Doulton took over the Beswick factory in 1969, they acquired the modelling talents of Mr Albert Hallam who had previously worked on the similarly highly collectable Beswick Beatrix Potter figures. The first of the nine Royal Doulton Bunnykins figures were launched in 1972 with DB pattern numbers and they are approximately 4 inches in height. All were inspired by Royal Doulton Nurseryware patterns - this continued until 1974 when there were a total of 15 figures in the range. The 1980's through to the present day has seen many general range, special colourway and Limited Edition Bunnykins figures released - with now well over 300 Royal Doulton Bunnykins figures for collectors to be enthused about. Some of the Limited Edition figures have seen price rises of over 1000% in a very short time and with many of the figures in short supply and high demand, there is no reason for this collectables success not to continue unabated.

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Three Royal Doulton Figurines to include two Bunnykins and a dog figure (AF)

Nine Royal Doulton Bunnykins items, to include five pieces of signed Barbara Vernon

Nine Royal Doulton Bunnykins items, one plate, three bowls, three cups

Seven Royal Doulton Bunnykins items, include four cups, two bowls and one plate

Three vintage Royal Doulton Bunnykins mugs, together with R/Doulton Trio, & Basket

Royal Doulton Bunnykins trio, Barbara Vernon markings to each piece, along with an Australian scene Royal Doulton bowl measuring 16 cm at widest

Eight various Royal Doulton Bunnykins items. All signed Barbara Vernon, including four various bowls, mug & cup, saucer & plate.

A group of three Bunnykins Nursery wares and a Wedgwood Peter rabbit mug. Last quarter 20th century, the Bunnykins mug circa 1968-1975, the Bunnykins pieces comprising an egg cup, plate and a tapering mug, the straightsided Wedgwood mug with Beatrix Potter

Royal Doulton 'Huntsman', Bunnykins of the year 2009, celebrating 75 years, 14 cm high

A Royal Doulton Bunnykins light base and shade, circa 1970, the squat waisted lamp base decorated with bunnykins imagery upon a cream ground and with bunnykins running border; the original tapering cream light shade also with bunnykins' borders. Height

A Royal Doulton 'Digger' Bunnykins figure, 2001, pattern Db 248, produced exclusively for 'Dalbry Antiques' Melbourne, number 530 from a special edition of 2500, and featuring a saluting bunny in an Australian infantry uniform; backstamps a

A set of three Royal Daulton Bunnykins pieces including nursing bowls

A pair of Royal Doulton Bunnykins figurines. 1999 for both, including 'Pilgrim Bunnykins' Db 212, made for the American market, number 868 from a special edition of 2500; and 'Detective Bunnykins' Db 193, number 256 from a special edition o

Royal Doulton Bunnykins figure. 'Aussie Surfer Bunnykins,' DB 133. Height 10.5 cm

Seven Royal Doulton Bunnykins items 3 plates, 2 bowls and 2 egg cups

A group of three Royal Doulton Bunnies, comprising two 'Bunnykins' pieces, 'Sailor Bunnykins, Db 166, 1996 ('Bunnykins of the Year 1997'), 'Halloween Bunnykins' Db 132, 1993, and a Beswick for Royal Doulton 'Peter Rabbit'

Seven various Royal Doulton Bunnykins items. Six cereal bowls and plate

Four Royal Doulton Bunnykins items including two handled mug, egg cup, bowl and dish

A group of three Royal Doulton Bunnykins, including 'Sands of Time Bunnykins', pattern Db 229 (Bunnykins of the year 2001); '60th Anniversary Bunnykins', pattern Db 137, 1993; and 'Bridesmaid Bunnykins, pattern Db 173, 1997; all stamped

Five Royal Doulton Bunnykins items & 1 other, bowl, plate, mug & 2 egg cups, together with a Wedgwood Peter rabbit mug

Six various Royal Doulton Bunnykins figures. Including Morris dancer; Lawyer; Flamenco; girl Skater; Sailor; and Nurse. All boxed. Height 11 cm (average)

Six various Royal Doulton Bunnykins figures. Including Policeman; school master; Bride; Harry; Bridesmaid; and Happy Birthday. All boxed. Height 11 cm (average)

Six various Royal Doulton Bunnykins figures. Including Captain Cook 539/2500; Hornpiper; Ankhesenamum; Tutankhamun; Jack and Jill; and Tyrolean dancer. All boxed. Height 11 cm (average)

Six Royal Doulton Bunnykins items, two each baby plates, mugs and plates

Charles Noke Bunnykins teapot. Circa 1935. Royal Doulton. Bunnykins mark under. Height 20 cm

Two Royal Doulton Bunnykins figurines DB3 Cooling off and DB4 Sleigh Ride

Royal Doulton Barbara Vernon Bunnykins wares consisting of cup, saucer and plate, baby's bowl, cereal bowl and egg cup

Four Royal Doulton Bunnykins figures, including 'Boy Skater,' 'Ballerina,' 'Robin Hood,' and 'Little Bo Peep.' all with original boxes. 10 cm (Average height)

Four Royal Doulton Bunnykins figures, including 'Doctor,' 'Tourist,' 'Maid Marion,' and 'Angel.' 10 cm (Average height)

Two Bunnykins egg cups, Peter rabbit mug and cereal bowl

Royal Doulton Bunnykins figure. 'Airman Bunnykin', DB199. Limited edtion 4412/5000. Boxed. Height 11 cm