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 figure 'Primroses' designed by Leslie Harradine from the Harradine Classics series. HN1617. Condition: good, minor age related wear to the base. Height 16.5 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine of Lt. General Ulysses, S. Grant, HN3403, limited edition number 217/5000, modelled by Robert Tabbenor. Height 30 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine of General Robert E. Lee, HN3404, limited edition number 261/5000, modelled by Robert Tabbenor. Height 29.5 cm

An early 20th century Royal Doulton Union Jack bulldog, traditional seated pose with flag to back. Height 10.5 cm

Royal Doulton English Setter figurine HN 1051, 10 cm high approx

Royal Doulton 'Harlequin' figurine HN 2737, modelled by Douglas Tootle, 31 cm high approx

Two Royal Doulton figurines, Christmas time HN2110 and Peggy HN2038.

Two Royal Doulton Bo Peep figurines, HN1811 together with a Royal Doulton figure, Rose HN1368.

Two Royal Doulton figurines, Mary had a little lamb HN2048 and Dinky Do, HN1678.

A pair of Royal Doulton figurines, Jack and Jill. HN2060 and HN 2061.

A rare Royal Doulton 'Kateroo' cat figure, designed by David Henry Souter (1862-1935) and modelled by Charles Noke (1858-1941), with yellow glaze and green glass eyes. Height 32.5 cm. (left ear as found)

Royal Doulton Sally HN 2741 porcelain figure, approx 15 cm high

Royal Doulton 'Marie' HN 1370 porcelain figure, approx 12 cm high

Two Royal Doulton figures 'Sara' HN3219 and 'Kirsty' HN3213, approx 10 cm high

Two Royal Doulton figures 'Christmas Morn' HN3212 and 'Top o' the Hill' HN 3499, approx 3499 both approx 10 cm high

Royal Doulton 'Antoinette' figure HN 2326, approx 18 cm high

Royal Doulton 'Jessica' figure of the Year 1997, approx 21 cm high

Royal Doulton figure 'The Potter' with a green printed factory mark, hand painted 'The Potter Hn1493'. Condition good, minor wear to the base.. Height 18 cm

Royal Doulton figure 'Blue Beard' with a green printed factory mark, HN2105. Condition good, minor wear to the base.. Height 27.5 cm

Royal Doulton figure 'Abdullah' with a green printed factory mark, HN2104. Condition good, minor wear to the base.. Height 27.5 cm

A Royal Doulton Images of Nature figural group of swans 'Nesting Down, on timber base., 20 x 30 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine 'Lilac Time' HN2137. Small chip to underside of the skirt.

A large Royal Doulton figure of 'The Moor', English, 20th century, 44 cm high

Three Royal Doulton figurines, being Buttercup HN2309, Kirsty HN2381 & Antionette HN2326

Two Royal Doulton Figurines, Bedtime HN1978 & Darling HN1985

Three Royal Doulton Figurines, Rose HN1368, Francine HN2422 & Huckleberry Finn HN2927

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