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 Figurines

There have been over 4000 different models of Royal Doulton figurines manufactured to captivate collectors. Production of these figures has been from 1890s (Doulton Lambeth) through to the present day with rarity, age, theme, colour and variations of individual designer determining the value of each figure.

Although Doulton had produced figures from the mid-19th century, production did not really take off until c1913 under modeller C. J. Noke, when the HN (for Harry Nixon, head of figure painting department) model numbering system was introduced for a new collection.

During the 20th century production mushroomed under the guidance of Noke and Leslie Harradine. Take care as some models have variations in colour and size which will have different HN numbers and will often have different values.

The design of figures tends to reflect the taste of the times in which they are made. more...

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Two Royal Doulton porcelain figures, 'The Doctor' HN2858 & 'The Detective' HN2359 (2) 23 cm h

Three Royal Doulton porcelain figures, 'St George' HN2051 'Falstaff' HN2054 & 'Joan of Arc' HN3681 (3)

A group of three Royal Doulton figures, 'The Lobster Man', model HN2317, first issued 1963; 'The Doctor', HN2858, 1978; and 'The Lawyer', HN3041, 1984, all naturalistically modelled and coloured, printed marks and details underside each. Height 21.5 cm, an

A Royal Doulton figurine, Olga by John Bromley HN2463, 21 cm high

A Royal Doulton figure, Drummer Boy by Mary Nicoll HN2679, 23 cm high

A Royal Doulton figure, Owd Willum HN2042, 16 cm high

A Royal Doulton figure, The Mendicant by Leslie Harradine HN1365, 21 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Dancers of the World, Polish Dancer by Margaret Davies HN2836 edition No. 107, 24 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Dancers of the World, Spanish Flamenco Dancer by Margaret Davies HN2831 edition No. 331, 24 cm high

A Royal Doulton figure, Napoleon at Waterloo by Alan Maslankowski HN3429 edition No. 11, 31 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Dancers of the World, North American Indian Dancer by Margaret Davies HN2809 edition No. 150, 21.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Home Again by Margaret Davies HN2167 9.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Affection by Margaret Davies HN2236, 12 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Penelope by Leslie Harradine HN1901, 19 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Foaming Quart by Margaret Davies HN2162, 17 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Beat You To It by Margaret Davies HN2871, 17 cm high

A Royal Doulton figure, The Laird by M Nicoll HN2361, 20 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Afternoon Tea HN1747, 16 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Ascot by Mary Nicoll HN2356, 15 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Pollyanna by Pauline Parsons HN2965, 17 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Heidi by Adrian Hughes HN2975, 11.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, A Stitch in Time by M Nicoll HN2352, 15 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Cavalier by Margaret Davies HN2716, 26 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Falstaff by Charles J Noke HN2054, 17 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, St George by Margaret Davies HN2051, 18 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Dancers of the World, Breton Dancer by Margaret Davies HN2383 edition No. 388, 23 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Dancers of the World, West Indian Dancer by Margaret Davies HN2384, edition No. 388, 22.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton figure, Williamsburg Soldiers of the Revolution, Sergeant, 6th Maryland Regiment, 1777 by Eric J Griffiths HN2815 edition No. 342, 35 cm high

A Royal Doulton figure, Williamsburg Soldiers of the Revolution, Corporal 1st New Hampshire Regiment, 1778 by Eric J Griffiths HN2780 edition No. 332, 29 cm high

A Royal Doulton figure, Williamsburg Soldiers of the Revolution, Private Delaware Regiment, 1776 by Eric J Griffiths HN2761 edition No. 333, 32 cm high

A Royal Doulton figure, Williamsburg Soldiers of the Revolution, Private, 2nd South Carolina Regiment, 1781 by Eric J Griffiths HN2717 edition No. 342, 29 cm high

A Royal Doulton figure, Williamsburg Soldiers of the Revolution, Major, 3rd New Jersey Regiment, 1776 by Eric J Griffiths HN2752 edition No. 342, 26 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Dancers of the World, Polish Dancer by Margaret Davies HN2836 edition No. 105, 24.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine Dancers of the World, Kurdish Dancer by Margaret Davies HN2867 edition No. 466, 21.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton figure, Williamsburg Soldiers of the Revolution Private Rhode Island Regiment, 1781 by Eric J Griffiths HN2759 edition No. 333, 30 cm high

A Royal Doulton figure, Williamsburg Soldiers of the Revolution, Private Massachusetts Regiment of Artillery 1778 by Eric J Griffiths HN2760 edition No. 333, 31 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Dancers of the World, North American Indian Dancer by Margaret Davies HN2809 edition No. 112, 21 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Dancers of the World, Mexican Dancer by Margaret Davies HN2866 edition No. 421, 22.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton figure, Richard the Lionheart by Pauline Parsons HN3675, 25 cm high

A Royal Doulton figurine, Les Femmes Fatale, Helen of Troy by Margaret Davies HN2387 edition No. 434, 25 cm high

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