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 rare Royal Doulton 'Baba' figure, produced between 1927-1938 only, designed by Leslie Harradine, model HN 1230, as a seated young girl wearing a blue clown hat and vest, her wide clown pants in striped yellow and purple, painted number, printed mark and

A Royal Doulton 'The old balloon seller' figurine, later 20th century, model HN1315 designed by L. Harradine in 1929, the slip cast model depicting the elderly street seller in her emerald green robe with a collection of balloons and basket of flow

Two Royal Doulton cat figurines & 5 others, including Villeroy & Boch, Grizelle, etc, 11.5 cm high (tallest)

Two Royal Doulton figurines & 1 other, comprising of 'A child from Williamsburg' HN2154, 'Boy from Williamsburg' HN2183 and a Francesca bone china lady, 16 cm high (tallest)

Three Royal Doulton Williamsburg figurines, comprising of 'A Hostess of Williamsburg' HN2209, 'A lady from Williamsburg' HN2228 & 'A Silversmith of Williamsburg' HN2208, 18 cm high (tallest)

Three Royal Doulton figurines, 'Michele' HN2234, 'My love' HN2339 and 'Southern Belle' HN2229, 19.5 cm high (tallest)

Three Royal Doulton figurines, 'Autumn Breezes' HN1934, 'Fiona' HN2694 & 'Victoria' HN2471, 19 cm high (tallest)

Three Royal Doulton figurines, 'Diana' HN3266, 'Grand manner' HN2723 & 'Simone' HN2378, 20 cm high (tallest)

Three Royal Doulton figurines, 'Charlotte' HN2421, 'Silks and Ribbons' HN2017 and 'Symphony' HN2287, 17 cm high (tallest)

Three Royal Doulton figurines, 'Alison' HN2336, 'Fragrance' HN2334 & 'Southern Belle' HN2425, 19.5 cm high (tallest)

Royal Doulton 'Cavalier' figurine, HN2716, 25 cm high

Royal Doulton 'The Captain' figurine, HN2260, 24 cm high

Royal Doulton 'The broken Lance' figurine, HN2041, 20.5 cm high approx

Royal Doulton 'The Wizard' figurine, HN2877, 24.5 cm high

Royal Doulton 'The mask seller' figurine, HN2103, 21 cm high approx

Two matching Royal Doulton figurines, 'A gentleman from Williamsburg', 15 cm high

Two Royal Doulton figurines, 'The blacksmith of Williamsburg' HN2240 and 'The Wigmaker of Williamsburg' HN2239, 19 cm high (tallest)

Three small Royal Doulton figurines, 'The balloon seller' HN2130, 'The old balloon seller' HN2129 & 'Top O' the Hill' HN2126, 10 cm high (tallest)

Royal Doulton 'Royal Governor's Cook' figurine, HN2233, 14.5 cm high approx

Royal Doulton 'Penelope' figurine, HN1901, 18 cm high approx

Royal Doulton 'Alexandra' figurine, HN3286, 21 cm high approx

Three small Royal Doulton figurines, 'Falstaff' HN3236, 'Good King Wenceslas' HN3262 & 'Town Crier' HN3261, 10 cm high (tallest)

Royal Doulton 'Summer's Darling' figurine, HN3091, 28 cm high

Royal Doulton 'Old Meg' figurine, HN2494, 21 cm high approx

Royal Doulton 'Kathleen' figurine, HN2933, 17 cm high

Royal Doulton 'Young love' figure group, HN2735, 24 cm high approx

Royal Doulton 'The Skater' figurine, HN2117, 17.5 cm high approx

Three small Royal Doulton figurines, 'Autumn Breezes' HN2176, 'Gail' HN3321 & 'Victoria' HN3744, 10.5 cm high (tallest)

Two Royal Doulton animal figurines, 11.5 cm high (tallest)

Royal Doulton 'Les Femmes Fatales' figurine, limited ediition 56/750, HN2391, with certificate, modelled by Peggy Davies, 21 cm high

Royal Doulton 'Helen of Troy' figurine, limited edition 104/750, HN2387, with certificate, modelled by Peggy Davies, 23 cm high

Royal Doulton 'Ajax' ships Figureheads figurine, limited edition 560/950, HN2908, with certificate and timber base, 29 cm high total

Royal Doulton 'Benmore' ships Figureheads figurine, limited edition 560/950, HN2909, with certificate and timber base, 27 cm high total

Royal Doulton 'Spinning' figurine, limited edition 619/750, HN2390, with certificate, designer Peggy Davies, with spinning wheel, 17 cm high approx

Royal Doulton 'Anne Boleyn' figurine, limited edition 3691/9500, HN3232, 22 cm high approx

Royal Doulton 'L'Ambitieuse' figurine, limited edition 563/5000, HN3359, with certificate, 20.5 cm high

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