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 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

A large Doulton Lambeth vase, 'Eight Cattle' by Hannah Barlow, of tapered form with sgraffito band of cattle within mountainous landscape with expansive sky and birds, height 45 cm

A Doulton Lambeth biscuit barrel, 'Five Wild Horses' by Hannah Barlow, of typical form, sgraffito horses within raised borders, with bright cut silver plate mounts, 18 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth biscuit barrel, 'Five Lions' by Hannah Barlow, of typical form with sgraffito lions within beaded borders, silver plate mounts, 15 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth biscuit barrel, 'Six Deer and Two Stags' by Hannah Barlow, of typical form with sgraffito procession, with silver plate mounts and Celtic engraved cover, 19 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth biscuit barrel, 'Birds in Flight and Roosting' by Florence Barlow, with reserves of morning and night birds and floral sprays within raised and beaded borders, 15 cm high

A pair of Doulton Lambeth vases, 'Sparrows' by Florence Barlow, of bottle form, painted with slip on a sgraffito ground, 28 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth silicon stoneware jug, painted with a copper luster to resemble metal. Rivets, seams, dents and were simulated to complete the illusion. Copper Ware was produced from the late 1880s until 1914., 17 x 15 cm

A fine pair of Doulton Lambeth Saltglazed stoneware vases, 1891 after, with mark of Frank Butler, the tall slender ovoid vases, tubelined, beaded and moriage decorated with bold scrolling vegetal forms in brown, cream, blue grey and olive green colours upo

A Royal Doulton Slater patent vase, with cobalt foot and interior, light green neck, the central part ornamented of turquoise, orange, gold floral frieze, circa 1894-1896. Stamped at base 'Doulton Lambeth England', 'Doulton & Slaters patent

A Royal Doulton Lambeth Pottery vase, signed to base 'G.S'. Height 11.3 cm

A Doulton Lambeth Saltglazed bowl, 1880 overlay figures of dogs, Toby and windmills and three handles in the form of hounds. Silver rim. 13x26 cm

A large and rare Doulton & Watts stoneware Nelson flask, circa 1845, 42 cm high, modelled as a half-length figurehead of Nelson in uniform with all his orders and medals, the neck of the flask formed by the cockade, with a rope twist handle, the lower body

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware jardinière made for Ash & Sons, London circa 1880, 20.5 cm high

A large Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase by Hannah Barlow, circa 1890, incised artist monogram and impressed marks, 42 cm high

A large Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase by Frank Butler and Hannah Barlow, dated 1887, incised artists monograms and impressed marks, 47.5 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth Florence Barlow horse decorated jug, the ovoid body with incised decoration of five galloping horses in dark and mid-brown salt glaze, blue highlights to the fine banded stiff leaf border, the conforming handle with crack, impressed and i

A good Doulton Lambeth Art Nouveau vase by Frank A. Butler (act. 1872-1911), the ovoid body decorated with a panel encircling the scalloped mouth of Art Nouveau poppies and slip trailed tendrils. The design sculpted in relief above a mottled brown glazed l

Doulton Lambeth Silicon vase, decorated with children wrapped around the body, approx 20 cm high, 22 cm dia

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