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 character og figurine laying on back,HN1098 HN, 12 cm long approx

Royal Doulton character og figurine running with a ball, 1934-1985, HN 1097, 13 cm long approx

Royal Doulton character og figurine playing with a brown ball, 1935 - 1985, HN 1103, 11 cm long approx

Royal Doulton terrier dog figurine sitting in a basket, 1941 - 1985, HN 2587, 7 cm high approx

Royal Doulton Katrina figure HN2327 along with Royal Doulton special Occasion figure HN4100 (2)

Royal Doulton 'The Genie' figurine HN2989, 25 cm high approx

Four Royal Doulton figurines being HN1834 'Top O the Hill' 18 cm high, HN2393 'Rosalind', HN1955 'The Bride' & HN2326 'Antionette'

Two Royal Doulton figurines to include 'Top of the Hill' HN1834, together with 'Dianne' HN1716

Two Royal Doulton lady figurines Ascot HN2356 & Sandra HN2275

Two Royal Doulton lady figurines comprising of Laurianne HN2719, together with Lisa HN2394, height 19 cm approx (tallest)

Two Royal Doulton figurines Diane HN57 & Cheryl HN5722, both signed by Michael Doulton to base

Royal Doulton 'The Potter' figurine HN1493, 17 cm high approx

Royal Doulton 'Blue Beard' figurine HN2105, 26 cm high approx

Royal Doulton 'Mendicant' figurine HN1365, 21 cm high approx

Two Royal Doulton 'Pretty Ladies' figurines 'Loving You' HN5556 20 cm high approx and 'A Tender Moment' HN5554

Two Royal Doulton 'Pretty Ladies' figurines 'A Tender Moment' HN5554 and 'Sweet Serenade' HN5557, 20 cm high

Two Royal Doulton figurines 'Birthday Wishes Barbie' HN5532 & 'Birth Stones November - Topaz' HN5636, 17 cm high approx

Three Royal Doulton figurines 'Pretty Ladies' series, 18.5 cm high approx (tallest)

Royal Doulton Biddy Pennyfarthing' HN1843, approx 22 cm high

Two bone china figurines, Royal Doulton and Rickton, mid 20th century. 'Janet' H.N. 1537 from a 1923 model, with green backstamp; 'Pot Seller' by Rickton studies (latter A/F). Height 21 cm. and 16.5 cm

Two Royal Doulton flambe woodcut vases, together with a Royal Doulton flambe figure, 'The Genie' all with stamped factory marks. Height 24 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Age of Chivalry' collectable figurine, Sir Edward H.N. 2370 original box

Royal Doulton flambe elephant figure standing with a raised trunk, signed 'Ock' to the base. Condition good, minor age related wear. Length 23 cm

Royal Doulton figure 'King Charles' with a green printed factory mark, gilt title, HN1985. Designed by Charles Noke & H Tittensor. Condition good, minor age related wear. Height 42 cm

Two various Royal Doulton figures. 'Buttercup,' HN2309; & 'Stephanie,' HN2807. Height 20 cm (each)

Two various Royal Doulton figures. 'Slapdash,' HN2277; & 'The Jester,' HN2016. Height 27 cm (each)

Three Royal Doulton animal figurines being 2 dogs and 1 cat, 9.5 cm high (tallest)