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 lady Horserider figure in a 1930's outfit. Height 21 cm

Two various Royal Doulton dog figures, including dachshund HN1126; and spaniel HN1137. Height 13 cm (spaniel)

Royal Doulton 'The Jester' figure. HN2016. Height 25 cm

Royal Doulton 'Harlequin' figure. HN2737. Height 32 cm

Two Royal Doulton figures 'The Orange Lady & Little Miss Muffet' HN2727 (2)

Two Royal Doulton figures 'Summertime' HN3137 & 'Autumn Time' HN3231, both 20 cm high (2)

Royal Doulton figure 'The Boatman' HN2417, approx 18 cm

Two Royal Doulton figures 'Autumn Breezes' HN1934 & 'Lynne' HN2329, approx 20 cm high (2)

Two Royal Doulton figures 'Springtime' HN3033 & 'Wintertime' HN3060, approx 23 cm high and shorter (2)

Two Royal Doulton figures 'Sleepy Darling' HN2953 & 'Make Believe' HN2225, approx 16 cm high and 20 cm high (2)

Royal Doulton 'Sweet Seventeen' figurine HN2734, 18.5 cm high

Royal Doulton 'The Wizard' HN2877 figure, 25 cm high

Two Royal Doulton figures 'Rest Awhile' HN2728 & 'The Rag doll seller' HN2944 (2)

Two Royal Doulton figures 'Bridget' HN2070 & 'Teatime' HN2255 (2)

Two Royal Doulton figures 'Top o' the Hill' HN1833 & 'Top o' the Hill' HN1834 (2)

Royal Doulton 'Thanksgiving' figurine HN 2446, 20 cm high approx

Royal Doulton 'Huntsman Fox' figurine D6448, 11.5 cm high

Royal Doulton figurine 'Rebecca', HN4041, 22 cm high

Royal Doulton figurine 'Julie', HN3878, 20 cm high

Royal Doulton Bulldog (HN1072): porcelain dog statue designed by Frederick Daws, issued from 1932-1960. Length 24 cm, height 13 cm. Excellent condition.

A rare Royal Doulton 'Chinese Jade' figure group, designed by Charles Noke and Harry Nixon, c.1930, the figure of a woman in hooded robe seated with a small child beside her in front of a fire, the fire highlighted with gilt detail. Script mark, Noke's sig

A Royal Doulton figure of a Dachshund, 1937-1955, by Frederick Daws, pattern HN1127, 'Shrewd Saint' modelled as a naturalistic dachshund; with backstamp, title, and painted pattern numbers to underside of paws. Height 15 cm. Length 24 cm. Width 8 c

Two Royal Doulton character jugs, two hatted and moustachioed figures comprising'the bowls player', D6896, modelled by Stanley James Taylor, 1991 and 'The Angler', D7065, modelled by David Biggs, 1997; both with backstamps underside. Height

A group of Royal Doulton female figurines, late 20th century, comprising 'Judith' number HN2278, 1985; 'Meg' number HN2743, 1987 and 'Laura' number HN3760, 1995; all with backstamps underside. Heights: 21 cm., 20 cm and 16.5 cm.

Two Royal Doulton figures, a female figure 'Fragrance', H.N. 2334, in a blue gown, 1965; and the 'Flower seller's children', H.N. 1342 with a boy comforting his younger sister before baskets of unsold flowers (illustrated in Desmond Eyl

Two various Royal Doulton figures, including 'Little Ballerina,' HN3395; and 'Ballet shoes,' HN3434. Height 16 cm and height 9 cm

Two various Royal Doulton figures, including 'Mary Mary,' HN2044; and 'Picnic,' HN2308. Height 12 cm (average)

Two various Royal Doulton figures, including 'Daydreams,' HN1731; and 'Bride (white),' HN3284. Height 21 cm (Bride)

Three various Royal Doulton figures, including 'Dinky Do,' HN2120; 'Penny,' HN2338; 'A child from Williamsburg; HN2154. Height 13 cm (average)

Two Royal Doulton figures. 'Julie' HN3878; and 'Paula' HN2906. Height 21 cm and 19 cm

Two various Royal Doulton figures, including 'The old balloon seller,' HN1315; and 'The old balloon man,' HN1954. Height 18 cm (average)

Two various Royal Doulton figures, including 'The Wigmaker of Williamsburg,' HN2239; and 'The blacksmith of Williamsburg,' HN2240. Height 18 cm (average)

Royal Doulton 'First dance' figure. HN2803. Height 20 cm

Royal Doulton figure 'Biddy Pennyfarthing.' HN1843. Height 21 cm

Two various Royal Doulton figures, including 'Vanity,' HN2475; and 'Francine,' HN2422. Height 13 cm (average)