Learn about Flambe / Sung Ware

Flambe glazes, termed "sang-de-boeuf" (ox blood) were in use by the Chinese from the 11th century, and the effect was achieved by using copper oxide as a colouring agent and firing the object in a reducing atmosphere.

The Chinese continued using these glazes; in the 18th century the red glaze was often slightly streaked, or included blue bleeds and these wares were prized by collectors in the 19th century.

European potters were not able to master the technique until the early 20th century. The Royal Doulton company employed the potter Bernard Moore, who had been experimenting with flambe glazes for many years, as a consultant.

In 1904 the company was able to produce its first flambe wares, and they were exhibited at the St. Louis World's Fair in that year. As well as vases and bowls, around 1908 Doulton commenced producing animal figures with a flambe glaze and production of flambe wares continued during the 20th century. Over 2,000 different animal figures were produced over the years.

In 1920 Doulton under designer and artist Charles Noke, introduced "Sung" wares, which used a flambe glaze together with painted and gilt decoration. more...

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...

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Large Royal Doulton flambe jardiniere, depicting a thatched cottage and field of flowers, 26 cm high, 24 cm diameter approx, scratches to internal, minor scratches to external

Royal Doulton Flambe vase, decorated with scene of Arabs, camels and palm trees, 21.5 cm high

Large Royal Doulton Flambe Rhinosaurus figurine, model 615, width 40 cm x height 24 cm approx

Royal Doulton Flambe dog of fo figurine, modelled by 07573, signed to base by William Harper, height 12 cm approx

Royal Doulton flambe stalking fox, signed Noke, 21.5 cm long approx.

Royal Doulton flambe egg on stand, as inspected, 14 cm high approx.

Royal Doulton Flambe seated duck figurine, height 19 cm x height 10 cm approx

Large Royal Doulton Flambe cat figurine, model 6944, height 29 cm approx

Royal Doulton flambe miniature duck. Tiny scratches. Height 6 cm

A large Royal Doulton scenic flambe bowl, circa 1930s, the large bowl with a shaped rim, decorated with a cottage beside a mill pond with daisies in the foreground, with backstamp underside, signature of Noke (Charles), and 'A' mark under stamp, an

Royal Doulton flambe owl stamped to the base. Condition: good, minor wear to the base. Height 31 cm

Fred Moore for Royal Doulton, Sung' flambe vase, c. 1930, in red, blue and indigo mottled glazes, with printed Royal Doulton flambe mark and painted signature 'SUNG FM' to underside, height 24.5 cm

Royal Doulton flambe Sung ovoid vase exotic bird decoration, signed within the pattern 'D. Brownsword', signed Noke to the base, 18 cm height

Royal Doulton flambe baluster vase continuous river landscape, 29 cm height

Royal Doulton flambe Sung ginger jar continuous landscape, signed Noke to base, incised 1256a, 28 cm height

Royal Doulton flambe vase decorated with sailing ships, stamped 'Royal Doulton flambe' to the base. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, height, 18 cm

Russell Willis for Royal Doulton, flambe 'Courtship' figure group, 1982, 'the sculptural group designed as two terns in courtship, glazed throughout in flambe tones, with Royal Doulton marks, height 41 cm. Provenance: The Estate of Robert Colso

Royal Doulton, flambe 'Woodcut 1616' vase, of ovoid form, decorated with a hunting scene of riders with horses and hounds, together with a flambe 'Woodcut 1619' vase, with printed Royal Doulton marks (2), height 23 cm, 28 cm. Provenance: Th

Harry Nixon for Royal Doulton, flambe vase, mottled yellow and red glazes, signed 'HN', with printed Royal Doulton Flambe mark, height 16.7 cm. Provenance: The Estate of Mary Smart

Royal Doulton, flambe bulldog, with printed Royal Doulton Flambe England mark, height 13 cm. Provenance: The Estate of Mary Smart

Royal Doulton, large flambe vase, depicting 'The Gleaners' after Jean-Fran├žois Millet, with printed Royal Doulton Flambe mark, height 30 cm. Provenance: The Estate of Mary Smart

Royal Doulton, large flambe vase, depicting 'The Angelus' after Jean-Fran├žois Millet, printed 'Royal Doulton Flambe' and impressed '1309', height 54 cm. Provenance: The Estate of Mary Smart

Royal Doulton flambe rectangular dish 9.5 cm approx long