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 silicon vase c.1900 impressed mark to base 10 cm high

Doulton Lambeth stoneware 'Harvest' scene three piece tea set

Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase decorated with flowers, impressed Doulton Lambeth mark to base. Height 12.5 cm

Royal Doulton Lambeth jug with applied NZ Tiki motives 1905-23, Lion & Crown backstamp, 8 cm tall.

Rowing: Royal Doulton Lambeth Stoneware 3-handled Loving Cup/ Tyg, 1882, with applied decoration of rowing, oars and rowers. Sterling silver rim

Early 19th century copper lustre vase together with a Royal Doulton Lambeth jug (as inspected)

Large Doulton Lambeth jardiniere together with an old timber stand, 28.5cm high (excluding stand) approx

19th century Doulton Lambeth silver mounted motto jug, 'Bread at pleasure, Drink by measure', hallmarks London 1888

Rare Doulton Lambeth bulbous vase on socle foot, decorated with fruit and foliage and geometric jewelling design. Makers stamp and marks to the base.

Pair of antique Doulton Lambeth Slater vases, each approx 35.5 cm high (2)

Doulton Lambeth silicon Ware jardiniere of ovoid form with three applied handles and three applied feet, approx 20.5 cm high

Doulton Lambeth, Improved bread pan, stoneware storage jar with pierced metal cover, stamped 'Doulton Lambeth', height 23 cm diameter 30 cm. Provenance: the Estate of Julie Biber

A pair of Royal Doulton stoneware bottle vases, tubelined Art Nouveau decoration to the body in grey and caramel on a cobalt blue ground, the base and neck in a burnt caramel brown. Doulton Lambeth mark impressed to base. 10 cm x 26 cm

A pair of Doulton Lambeth mantel vases, inverse baluster shape with broad pan mouths, the mottled cobalt blue bodies decorated with bead and hop racemes trailing from the shoulder. Artist's marks under the base. Height 28 cm

A large Doulton Lambeth lidded earthenware jar, late 19th century, with numerals 5352, the John Huskisson decorated footed jar of tapering ovoid form having upper and lower running borders of raised foliate and fruit and floral designs in olive and tan upo

Doulton Lambeth antique motto mug 10.8 cm high. 'Of all sad deaths the very worst is that which comes of burning thirst!'

Royal Doulton Lambeth vase 1920's no.# 7341, approx 26 cm high

Pair of Doulton Lambeth glazed stoneware vases, decorated with stylised flowers and leaves. Impressed marks Doulton Lambeth England, artist mark LB, model 340. Approx 24 cm high (2)

Antique Doulton Lambeth Egyptian revival jug, along with an antique jasperware armorial jug for Guildford. Approx 18 cm high and shorter (2)

A large Doulton Lambeth stoneware tub with lug handles, impressed mark. Height 21 cm. Length 58 cm

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware Saltglazed water jug, 1880, designed by George Tinworth, Doulton artist 1866-1913 period of tall tankard style, in a rich turquoise green upon a mottled amber ground with an incised and jewelled foliate and floral design through

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware tobacco jar and loving cup, 1897 Chester, jar, with maker's marks for Cornelius Desormeaux Saunders & James Francis Hollings (Frank) shepherd, and, 1903 London, loving cup, with maker's mark for Franz Schiebner, the silver rimme

A pair of Lambeth Doulton ewers with foliate and gilded decoration

A pair of Lambeth Doulton, specimen vase, globular shape with moulded flowers. 29 cm high

Doulton Lambeth daisy vase c1912 23 cm high approx. Date stamped 1892-1956

Doulton Lambeth pair of stoneware vases by Emily J Partington stamped 'Doulton Lambeth England' and signed 'Ejp' to base. Height 29 cm

A Doulton Lambeth pate-sur-pate vase, by Florence Barlow, baluster form, the body with four circular cartouches decorated in relief with pairs of birds, rosette repeating border to each, blue glaze sgraffito Art Nouveau scrolling leaf decoration to the mot

Doulton Lambeth and silver mounted wine jug and two matching beakers. Maker George Tinworth. 25 cm high.

A Doulton and Slaters (Lambeth) water jug, with floral decoration in turquoise and white 17.5 cm high

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