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 series ware jug, pattern: Bluebell gatherers, height 17 cm approx

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series 3 jugs, series ware, 'Shylock, Katharine, Rosalind' 14.5 cm high

Large Royal Doulton flambe the pharaoh toby jug, diameter 7628, limited edition 258, height 18 cm approx

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series tapered jug, series ware, ‘Ophelia’ 22 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth 'Four Horse' jug by Hannah Barlow, with sgraffito horses in a field, 23 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth silicon stoneware jug, painted with a copper luster to resemble metal. Rivets, seams, dents and were simulated to complete the illusion. Copper Ware was produced from the late 1880s until 1914., 17 x 15 cm

Royal Doulton Kingsware dewars whisky jug character: Sporting squire, height 20 cm approx

Royal Doulton motto stoneware jug with raised figures and grapevine decoration, 18.5 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series tapered jug, series ware, 'Katharine' 18 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series hot water jug, series ware, 'Romeo' 17 cm high

A large and rare Doulton & Watts stoneware Nelson flask, circa 1845, 42 cm high, modelled as a half-length figurehead of Nelson in uniform with all his orders and medals, the neck of the flask formed by the cockade, with a rope twist handle, the lower body

Charles Noke for Royal Doulton, the Drake jug, with Royal Doulton mark, numbered 230 and signed 'Noke, height 27.5 cm. Provenance: the Estate of Robert Colson, ACT

A Doulton Lambeth Florence Barlow horse decorated jug, the ovoid body with incised decoration of five galloping horses in dark and mid-brown salt glaze, blue highlights to the fine banded stiff leaf border, the conforming handle with crack, impressed and i

Florence E Barlow Doulton Lambeth jug decorated with repeating patterns of applied rosettes & cherubs. Stamped & incised to the base, dated 1877. Condition: good, expected age related Ware. Height 39.5 cm

Large Royal Doulton series ware hot water jug Fisher folk design D4405, 21 cm high

Royal Doulton 'The Pied Piper' loving jug by Charles Noke & Harry Fenton painted in colours & relief moulded portraying a German town scene, the pied piper wearing a long cape & hat & playing a musical flute leading the children thr

Doulton Burslem water jug, Kew pattern, C:1900. 25 cm high.

Royal Doulton ";John Barleycorn" character jug 18 cm high approx

Royal Doulton character jug 'The Lawyer', diameter 6498, 19 cm high

Four Victorian Doulton Lambeth stoneware jugs including 2 with sterling silver lids hallmarked London 1888 & 1893 (18 cm high tallest) and 2 others (1 with large chip)

Doulton Lambeth, by Frank Butler jug shaped vase with geometric polychrome decoration, circa 1876, approx 45 cm high

A Royal Doulton Maori decorated salt glaze stoneware jug, ovoid form, the four stylised masks with encircling band above and stylised panels below all in relief in a deep olive green glaze, the body of mid-tan tone with fine salt glaze finish. Impressed ma

Large Doulton Burslem Art Nouveau water jug 26.5 cm high approx.

Four Royal Doulton character jugs 'Conner', 'Cavalier', 'John', 'Peel', and 'O'Reilly

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

A Royal Doulton 'Mr Pickwick' character jug, 1993, D 6959, the Royal Doulton limited edition character jug of the classic Dickens character, number 137 of an edition of 2500; with backstamps underside. Height 18.5 cm

Large Royal Doulton 'The Dickens jug' no. 751 of 1,000 by Charles Noke with original certificate

Two various Royal Doulton Series Ware milk jugs. 'Cock-A-Doodle Do,' & 'Coaching Days'. Height 9 cm & 10 cm

Two Royal Doulton Toby jugs, 'Happy John' and 'Falstaff'

Royal Doulton 'Treasure Island Jug' designed by Charles Noke, limited edition 215/600 with original certificate. 20 cm

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