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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Royal Doulton flambe 'The carpet seller' figurine, HN2237, signed to base, H19 cm approx

A Royal Doulton flambe tiger, circa 1925, By Charles Noke, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, 15cm high, 34cm long

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe hunting scene vase, circa 1930, by Charles Noke, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton England, Sung, Flambe, Noke, 15cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe cottage scene landscape vase, circa 1930, stamped Royal Doulton Made in England, Flambe, 14.5cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe crystalline glaze vase, circa 1930, by Harry Noke, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton Made in England, Flambe, Hn, 6cm high, Provenance: The Frank Ollerenshaw Collection

A large Royal Doulton Sung flambe leaf bowl, circa 1930, by Charles Noke and F. Allen, stamped Royal Doulton England, Sung, Noke, 37cm diameter

A Royal Doulton flambe figure 'Eastern Grace', circa 1996, By P. Parson, edition 353/2500, stamped and inscribed to the base, 31cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe hare and stalking fox, circa 1930, By Charles Noke, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, the hare 7cm high, the fox 13cm long

A Royal Doulton flambe drake and a swallow, circa 1930, By Charles Noke, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, the drake 15cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe elephant, circa 1925, By Charles Noke, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, 15cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe elephant, circa 1930, By Charles Noke, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, 15cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe dragon, circa 1925, By John Bromley, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Veined, Made in England, Am, 19cm high, 26cm long

A Royal Doulton flambe cat, circa 1925, By Charles Noke, stamped Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, 13cm high

A rare Royal Doulton flambe fox, circa 1925, experimental colourway by Charles Noke, stamped Royal Doulton England Flambe Made in England, 11cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe fox, circa 1925, By Charles Noke and Fred Allen, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton Flambe Made in England, 23cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe leaf pattern vase, circa 1920, By Charles Noke, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton England Sung Flambe, 18cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe 'Middle Eastern' scene vase, circa 1920, By Charles Noke and Arthur Eaton, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton England Sung Flambe Noke, 17cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe vase, circa 1920, By Charles Noke and Fred Allen, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton England Sung Flambe Noke F Allen, 20cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe vase, circa 1920, By Charles Noke and Fred Moore, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton England Sung Flambe Noke, Fm, 26cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe 'Middle Eastern' scene dessert service, circa 1920, By Charles Noke and Arthur Eaton, comprising four comports and eight plates, stamped Royal Doulton, England, Sung, flambe, Noke, the tallest comport 13.5cm high, 22.5cm diamete

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe tendril vase, circa 1925, by Charels Noke and Harry Nixon, stamped & inscribed Royal Doulton, Sung Flambe, Made in England, Noke, H.N, 14 cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe stem vase, circa 1925, by Charels Noke, stamped Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, 8635, 20.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe vase, circa 1920, stamped Royal Doulton England, 14 cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe bottle vase, circa 1920, stamped Royal Doulton England, 23 cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe ginger jar, circa 1925, stamped Royal Doulton Flambe, ?14.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe landscape vase, circa 1925, by Charles Noke, stamped Royal Doulton England, Made in England, Flambe, Sung, Noke, 14.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe baluster shape vase, circa 1925, by Fred Moore, stamped Royal Doulton England, Flambe, Made in England, F.M, 16 cm high

A Royal Doulton Flambe crystalline vase, circa 1925, by Harry Nixon, stamped Royal Doulton England, Made in England, Flambe, H.N, 17.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe 'Elephant' dish, circa 1925, by Charles Noke and Fred Moore, stamed Royal Doulton England, Flambe Sung, Noke, F.M., 4 cm high, 10 cm wide

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe vase, circa 1925, by Charles Noke and Fred Allen, inscribed Royal Doulton, Sung, Made in England, Noke, F.Allen 3366, 12 cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe bowl with two handles, circa 1925, by Charles Noke and Fred Moore, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton England, Made in England, Sung, Noke, F.M., 16 cm across the handles

A Royal Doulton flambe porcelain vase and dish, circa 1920 and 1925, stamped Royal Doulton England Flambe, vase 11.5 cm high, dish 15.5 cm diameter

A Royal Doulton flambe Libation cup, circa 1925, by Charles Noke, stamped Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, F.M., 7.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe porcelain vase, circa 1925, by Charles Noke, stamped Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Made in England, Noke, ?17 cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe 'Blossom' vase, circa 1925, by Charles Noke, stamped Royal Doulton, England, Flambe, Sung, Made in England, with Beard Watson & Co. Limited Sydney paper label and Doulton & Co. label, 37 cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe landscape vase, circa 1925, by Charles Noke and Fred Allen, stamped and inscribed Royal Doulton, England, Sung, Flambe, made in England F.A., 20.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe 'Fish and Lotus' vase, circa 1930, by Charles Noke, stamped Royal Doulton Flambe, 16 cm high

A Royal Doulton 'Blossom' vase with gilt highlights, circa 1925, by Charles Noke and Harry Nixon, stamped Royal Doulton Flambe, Hn, 16 cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe porcelain vase with gilt decoration, circa 1930, stamped Royal Doulton Flambe, 20.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton flambe grape decorated vase with gilt highlights, circa 1930, by Charles Noke and Harry Nixon, stamped Royal Doulton England Flambe, Hn, 26 cm high

A Royal Doulton Sung 'Firebird' flambe stem vase, circa 1920, by Charles Noke, stamped Royal Doulton Sung Flambe, Noke, 17 cm high

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