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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A Royal Doulton figurine 'Bedtime' printed factory marks to the base. Height 14.5 cm

Royal Doulton 'Yardley's Lavender' advertising figure group

An early Royal Doulton figurine, 'The Gleaner', HN130.2 cm modelled as a young gypsy girl with flowers under her right arm wearing a deep red blouse and a cream long skirt with green vertical stripes, green base, impressed and printed marks, painted title

Royal Doulton figure 'Lucy Lockit Beggars Opera' in yellow dress and pink gloves upon black base, hand written and numbered 'Luch Lockit Beggar's Opera, HN524, Potted By Doulton and Co'. Height 16 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine H.N 2835 'Fair Lady'. Height 18.4 cm.

Royal Doulton figurine, the Shepherd HN1975, 22 cm high

Royal Doulton figure, 'I'm Nearly Ready' HN2976 Childhood Days, 19.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton figure, HN1706 'Cobbler', an Arabian figure seated upon a rug. Incised to the side 'The Cobbler Chin Chow'. Height 21 cm

Royal Doulton figure, the balloon man HN1954 and the old balloon seller HN1315 (2)

A Royal Doulton 'Cocker Spaniel' HN1002. Liver and white 1931 - 1960. Height 15.6 cm.

A Royal Doulton figurine large HN1781 - Sir Walter Raleigh 1934 - 1949. Height 29.2 cm.

A Royal Doulton figure of Mam'selle modelled by Leslie Harradine potted by Doulton & Co.number HN659, production 1924-38.18 cm high.

Royal Doulton figure 4o'clock modelled by Leslie Harradine HN1760 production 1936-1949.15.2 cm high.

Royal Doulton figure Fiona HN2694. Designed M Davies production 1974-1981.19.1 cm high

Royal Doulton figure 'Henrietta Maria 1609-1666' HN2005. Height 25 cm

Royal Doulton figure 'His Holiness Pope John Paul Ii' HN2888. Height 25.5 cm

Royal Doulton figure 'The Mask Seller' HN-2103, chip to one mask. Height 21 cm

Royal Doulton figure 'The Potter' HN-1493. Height 18 cm

Royal Doulton figure 'Top O' the Hill' HN-1833 signed Ew. Height 18 cm

Royal Doulton figure group 'Afternoon Tea' hand numbered HN1747. Height 14 cm

A Royal Doulton porcelain figure of a black Labrador, English 20th century

A Royal Doulton figure of 'Pierrette', modelled as coquettish young girl wearing black polka dot dress, factory mark 'Potted By Doulton & Co.HN 644' 18 cm high

A Royal Doulton figure, the Potter, HN1493 18.5 cm high