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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A Doulton Lambeth stoneware jug, with pewter lid, similar to above. Height 27.5 cm

An early 20th century Doulton Lambeth salt glazed vase, ovoid form, relief encircling wide bands to the base incorporating stiff leafed design, impressed marks. Height 21 cm

Doulton Lambeth, an Australian Flower series vase, circa 1920, hand painted with Sturts Desert pea and foliage, impressed and stamped: Doulton Lambeth, England, Ejg, 985, and numbered 88687, 36 cm high

Doulton Lambeth, an Australian Flower series vase, circa 1920, hand painted with red hairy heath flowers and foliage, impressed and stamped Doulton Lambeth, England, 39.Kbs. S, AF1997.1, and numbered L9612, 29 cm high

Royal Doulton and Doulton Lambeth Stone ware vase, bowl, dish, 3 condiments and 2 perfume bottles, late 19th and early 20th century, stamped Royal Doulton and Doulton Lambeth, vase 22.5 cm high

A set of four Doulton Lambeth stoneware beakers, late 19th century, by Hannah Barlow, each monogrammed Bfd and bases decorated with animal portraits, stamped Doulton Lambeth, monogrammed Hannah Barlow, 12.5 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware jug with incised donkey decoration, circa 1875, by Hannah Barlow and Mary Thomson, stamped Doulton Lambeth 1875, monogrammed Hannah Barlow and Mary Thomson, 18.5 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware jug with incised horse decoration, by Florence Barlow, stamped Doulton Lambeth 1876, W, monogrammed Florence Barlow, 22 cm high

An important exhibition quality Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase decorated with cassowaries, late 19th century, by Florence Barlow, stamped Doulton Lambeth England, Fcp, monogrammed Florence Barlow, 72 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase, circa 1887, by Hannah and Florence Barlow, incised Doulton Lambeth 1887, monogrammed Florence and Hannah Barlow, 45 cm high

Doulton Lambeth stoneware bird vase, circa 1885, by Florence and Hannah Barlow, stamped Doulton Lambeth, 1885, monogrammed Florence and Hannah Barlow & Mary Thomson, 46 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware tyg with sterling silver rim, late 19th century, by Louisa Edwards and Rosina Harris, impressed Doulton Lambeth, monogrammed Louisa Edwards and Rosina Harris, 15 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware urn with classical frieze, circa 1878, by Frank Butler, stamped Doulton Lambeth 1878, monogrammed Frank Butler, 30 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase with female portrait, circa 1883, by Edward Dunn and Mary Thomson, stamped Doulton Lambeth 1883, monogrammed Edward Dunn and Mary Thomsom, artwork signed lower centre D.E. 1883, 29 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase, circa 1888, by Eliza Simmance, stamped Doulton Lambeth 1888, monogrammed Eliza Simmance, 33 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware flamingo patterned vase, circa 1883, by Florence and Lucy Barlow, stamped Doulton Lambeth 1883, monogrammed Florence and Lucy Barlow, 29 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase incised with horses and cattle, late 19th century, by Hannah and Florence Barlow, stamped Doulton Lambeth England, monogrammed Hannah and Florence Barlow, 26.5 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase with incised horse decoration, circa 1886, by Hannah Barlow, stamped Doulton Lambeth 1886, C.L., monogrammed Hannah Barlow, 25 cm high

A rare Doulton Lambeth lustre ware earthenware box and cover designed by Reco Capey, (1895-1961) c.1915, of hexagonal form, with panels of Persian motifs in the manner of William de Morgan, green-white-black colourway, shape no 7555. Width 16 cm

A large Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase by Frank Butler, circa 1900, incised artist monogram and impressed marks, 54 cm high

Florence E Barlow, Doulton Lambeth pair of vases having a highly glossed glaze with a central band painted with a bird. Stamped & signed to the bases. Condition: good, minor age related wear to the bases. Height 41 cm

A Doulton Lambeth 'Four Horse' jug by Hannah Barlow, with sgraffito horses in a field, 23 cm high

Two Doulton Lambeth floral vases by Frank Butler, each of baluster form with applies Arts & Crafts floral designs, both with flared rim and intricate impressed or raised background, tallest 34 cm high

A pair of Doulton Lambeth Art Nouveau vases by Frank Butler, each of elongated baluster form with flared rim and foot, decorated with repeated Art Nouveau design in relief, each with incised signature & code to base, 33 cm high

Two large and impressive Doulton Lambeth stoneware vases by Frank Butler 'Foliate' and 'Stylised Tulip & Geometric', circa 1890, each design on a midnight blue glaze ground, 40 and 37.5 cm high (2)

A rare Doulton Lambeth 'Foliate' ewer by Frank Butler, with naturalistic stylised foliate form lip and handle and anthemion incised decoration, impressed monogram and 647 model no to the base, 29.5 cm high

Two Doulton Lambeth Art Nouveau vases by Eliza Simmance, both in elongated baluster form with flared foot & rim, each decorated with slip glaze floral arrangements against profusely moulded and stippled backgrounds, tallest 31 cm high

A pair of Doulton Lambeth vases by Eliza Simmance, 1885, of an impressive size in baluster form with broad flared rims, decorated with Nouveau flowing floral design to body & contrasting geometric floral collar, incised signature & date stamp to ea

A large Doulton Lambeth vase by Eliza Simmance, of baluster form embellished with raised Art Nouveau floral motifs in unusual blue glazes, height 38 cm

A large Doulton Lambeth vase by Eliza Simmance, of baluster form embellished with raised Art Nouveau floral motifs, 46.5 cm high

A pair of Aesthetics Royal Doulton Lambeth candelabrum by Eliza Simmance, circa 1900, each with detachable central cover and brass mounts, 34 cm high

Two Doulton Lambeth biscuit Barrels, by Elizabeth Sayers and mark Marshall, with box and cover by Edith Lupton, each with sgraffito scrolling design with silver plate swing handles and covers, tallest 23.5 cm high (3)

A rare Doulton Lambeth 'Seaweed' biscuit barrel by George Tinworth, of typical form with profuse scrolling seaweed and flower motifs in high relief, the silver plate cover finely engraved with Aesthetic Japonaise design, 20 cm high

A large Doulton Lambeth stoneware 'Seaweed' vase lamp base by George Tinworth, circa 1880, of baluster form with beaded spiralling seaweed design, 36 cm high

A rare Doulton Lambeth vase by George Tinworth, of ovoid form embellished with scrolling seaweed design and flower motifs in high relief, 31 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth vase, 'Eleven Sheep' by Hannah Barlow, of baluster form with sgraffito band within raised and glazed stylised Art Nouveau borders, 26 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth vase, 'Six Horses' by Hannah Barlow, of baluster form with sgraffito procession of horses within beaded border, 26 cm high

A large Doulton Lambeth vase, 'Six Horses' by Hannah Barlow, of ovoid form with baluster neck, band of sgraffito horses within scrolling raised and glazed borders, 36.5 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth vase, 'Donkeys and Wild Horses' by Hannah Barlow, of ovoid form with sgraffito band of three galloping horses and two standing donkeys, 24 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth vase, 'Hen Protecting Chick From Cattle' by Hannah Barlow, of baluster form, band of sgraffito animals within raised scrolling glazed borders, 27.5 cm high

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