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 Slater, John / Slater's Patent

John Slater (1844 - 1914) was the Art Director at Doulton & Co. Burslem from 1887 until his death in 1914. He studied at the Stoke-on-Trent School of Design and worked at Minton and then Pinder, Bourne & Co., before moving to Doulton & Co. when Pinder, Bourne & Co. was acquired by that company. As well as being a painter who signed his works, he was involved in the development of many of the special glazes used by Doulton, including rouge flambe, and for a number of patents relating to transfer printing from photographic plates onto ceramics. Some works are marked "Doulton & Slaters Patent", a process which involves the use of lace fabrics impressed into the surface of clay as a decorative technique.
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Pair of antique Doulton Lambeth Slater vases, each approx 35.5 cm high (2)

Royal Doulton Slater jardiniere, approx 18 cm high, 17 cm diameter

A Doulton and Slaters (Lambeth) water jug, with floral decoration in turquoise and white 17.5 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware jug, circa 1890, maker's mark electroplate for Emily Partington, of ovoid form upon a circular foot with a narrow flared mottle glazed neck and a strap handle, the body with applied floral and medallion motifs in a muted palette

A Doulton Lambeth tyg (three handled mug), cylindrical with silver plated rim and three squared loop handles, decorated with cherry blossom and trellis panels. Marked 'Slater's Patent'. Height 15.5 cm

Doulton: Group with Robbie Burns plate; 'Queen Elizabeth at Old Morton 1589' plate; Doulton tobacco jar & lid; Doulton Slater jugs (2); sandwich tray 'The Night Watchman'; Deadwood Crackle 'Dorothy' tray with matching small bowl; Royal Doulton fl oral egg

A pair of Doulton Lambeth Slater's vases, baluster form, the unusual decoration of gilded lizard skin ground with fitted blue floral and leaf highlights, impressed marks. Height 17 cm

A Royal Doulton covered vase, signed Slater, circa 1900 the slender baluster body painted and gilt with stylised Art Nouveau flowers and foliage, signature and printed factory marks to base 55 cm high

W. Slater, five Royal Doulton cabinet plates, gilt and rouge border centering on Victorian roses, artist signed, red stamped maker's mark, 19/F, C3036 (5)

A pair of Doulton Slater's patent baluster vases, the ovoid bodies with fine pale brown scale type ground with tubelined decoration of blossoms and leaves within a scrolling border, dominant tones, blue, brown and green with pink and white highlights. Impr

Doulton & Slater floral vase stamped to base 'Art Union of London'. Height 21 cm

Doulton & Slater floral vase stamped to base 'Art Union of London' 6846. Height 28.5 cm

A pair Doulton Lambeth Slaters patent vases late 19th century, decorated stoneware height: 31.5 cm

Royal Doulton pair of salt glaze and gilt vases stamped 'Doulton and Slater Patent Blue' to base. Height 35 cm

A rare Royal Doulton lactolian vase, by W. Slater, of elongated baluster form, decorated with cornflower blue, gold and cream poppies on a pale blue ground. Factory mark to base, signature to body. Height 32.5 cm

Pair of Doulton 'Slaters pattern' stoneware vases, textured body, wide base and narrow neck. Height 26 cm

A Royal Doulton Slater stoneware vase of tall slender shouldered form with averted rim, profusely decorated with diaper ground of flower heads, incised initials R.B and mark to the base, 33 cm high

A Doulton Stoneware, tall 'Slaters patent' brocade vase, c.1905. Height 29 cm

A Doulton Stoneware, tall, 'Slaters patent' brocade vase, c.1905. Height 33 cm

Attractive Royal Doulton twin handled vase with hand painted panel of roses, signed Slater

Doulton Slater baluster shaped colbalt blue lace tapestry vase, circa 1900. Height 270 mm

Pair of Doulton Slater patent vases with brown lace ground, floral and gilt decoration and dark brown rim and base. Height 205 mm

Fine and rare pair of Doulton Slater's patent jardinieres with matching pedestals

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