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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Royal Doulton Granny's shawl figure HN1647, approx 14.5 cm high

Royal Doulton lady Charmian figure HN1949, approx 20.5 cm high

Royal Doulton 1981, HRH the Prince of Wales porcelain figure HN2884 world wide edition of 1,500. No. 948. Approx 20 cm high

Royal Doulton a gentleman from Williamsburg figure, HN2227, approx 16 cm high

Royal Doulton the Tinsmith figure, HN2146 approx 16 cm high

Royal Doulton 'Easter Day' figure HN2039, approx 19 cm

Royal Doulton 'Paisley Shawl' figure HN1988, approx 16 cm high

A Royal Doulton 'Age of Chivalry' collectable figurine, Sir Ralph H.N. 2371 in original box

A Royal Doulton 'Age of Chivalry' collectable figurine, Sir Thomas H.N. 2372 original box

Three Royal Doulton figurines Rhapsody HN2267, the Last Waltz HN2315, Adrienne HN2304

Two Royal Doulton figurines Marguerite HN1928 & Blithe Morning

Two vintage Royal Doulton figurines HN1834 & HN1992, 18 cm high (tallest) approx.

Two Royal Doulton 'Balloon Sellers' figurines HN1954 & HN1315

Three Royal Doulton balloon figurines HN1315 Old Balloon seller, HN1843 Biddy Penny Farthing HN1954 the Balloon man

Royal Doulton 'Belle O'the Ball' figurine HN1997, 15.5 cm high approx.

Three small Royal Doulton lady figurines Bo Peep, Cissie & Goody Two Shoes

Two vintage Royal Doulton figurines HN0626 Bonnie Lassie & Lydia

Royal Doulton polar bear group HN4173, with original factory box, 14.5 cm high approx.

Royal Doulton Corgi figurine HN2557 17 cm high x 23 cm long approx. a/f damage to both back legs

Three Royal Doulton lady figurines Rosebud, Spring Morning & Griselda

Royal Doulton figure. 'Top o' the Hill', HN1834. Height 18 cm

Two various Royal Doulton figures, including 'Goody two shoes', HN2037; & 'Lady Betty.'. Height 17 cm (length ady Betty)

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Flower Seller's Children' HN1342, introduced 1929. 19 cm x 15 cm x 20 cm

Royal Doulton 'Classics' figurine 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' HN4486

Three Royal Doulton figurines, comprising of 'The Laird', HN2361, 20 cm high, 'Coralie' HN1963 and 'Puppy Love' HN3371

A Royal Doulton Corgi figurine, after 1973, pattern number HN2554, an alert figure of a pembroke corgi; with green backstamp underside to foot and handpainted pattern number. Height 9 cm. Width 11 cm

Royal Doulton, Corgi figure, approx 13 cm high, 15 cm wide

Royal Doulton 'Ellie' HN4017 porcelain figure, approx 22 cm high

Royal Doulton 'The Judge' HN2443, AF, approx 17 cm high

Royal Doulton 'Fleur' HN2368 porcelain figure, approx 19 cm high