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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Doulton Burslem handpainted jug, with floral decoration and character head to the spout, small chips, 16 cm high

Charles Noke and Harry Nixon for Doulton Burslem, Chang Vase, c. 1925, decorated with a thick lave crusting of white with tones of blue and red flambe, painted marks to base, restoration to base, height 29.5 cm

Charles Noke and Harry Nixon for Doulton Burslem, Chang Vase, c. 1925, decorated with a thick lave crusting of white with tones of blue and red flambe, painted marks to base, height 29.5 cm

Antique Burslem Doulton salad bowl and servers with floral decoration and silver plated rim, diameter 27 cm approx

Victorian Doulton Burslem shallow biscuit barrel with silver plated lid, collar and handle, 13.5 cm high approx

Six antique Doulton Burslem hand-painted cups and saucers

Doulton Burslem Royles self pouring teapot, 19 cm high approx

A Doulton Burslem tall earthenware vase, inverted baluster form with tall narrow neck, decorated with multi-coloured chrysanthemums and foliage. Gilt embellishment to face and rim. Height 44 cm

A Victorian Doulton Burslem 'Shirley Poppies' porcelain wash jug & bowl. Jug 27 cm high

39 piece Doulton Burslem tea set. Floral & leaf decoration. 12 each cups, saucers & plates; sugar bowl, cream jug & cake plate, GW1039. C.1900.

Doulton Burslem beaker 'Australian Federation 1901'. 10 cm

A Doulton Burslem Willow pattern bowl. Diameter 22 cm

Doulton Burslem embossed trapezium bowl with floral decoration and gilt rim, c.1890

Doulton Burslem stoneware sporting jug Soccer / Athletics designed John Broad, sterling silver rim, Hallmarked London 1882

Late Victorian Doulton Burslem vase, with blue and gilt floral pattern, 20 cm high

Doulton Burslem plate French clock with a gilded applied eagle & stand, maker E.G.L. Height 26 cm

Good Doulton Burslem square form jardiniere, bamboo edges with flow blue & white decoration, C1900

Doulton Burslem Queen Victoria commemorative Diamond Jubilee green transferware porcelain beaker

A Royal Doulton 'Burslem Artwares' lantao vase, in Oriental Sung

A Doulton 'Burslem Artwares' lantao vase in Oriental Sung, No. 168 of an edition of 350. Height 16 cm

Doulton Burslem blue & white porcelain jug with gilt decoration. 24 cm

Doulton Burslem display plate, together with antique similar

Antique Doulton Burslem two handled vase, with handpainted floral and gilt decoration. 17 cm tall

Five vintage English cabinet plates including Royal Doulton & Doulton Burslem

Large Doulton Burslem jug Nankin design, circa 1891-1902, 29.5 cm high

A small Doulton Burslem porcelain vase of squat form with painted and gilt floral decoration, circa 1895. Height 7 cm

Antique Doulton Burslem jug decorated in blue & white depicting sailing ships, approx 20 cm high

Pair of Royal Doulton Burslem vases, approx 17 cm high, (2)

Royal Doulton pair of floral vases in the Doulton Burslem fashion, with impressed marks to base '8242 - Ew'. Height 29 cm

Doulton Burslem: hand painted porcelain plaque signed Hewitt, framed & mounted. Plaque 14 cm

Antique Doulton Burslem 'Blue iris' pattern bowl, 12 cm high x 29 cm long

A large Doulton Burslem jug, decorated in underglaze blue with peonies and butterfly on a sponged gilt ground. Height 16.5 cm

A late Victorian Doulton Burslem urn vase, the two handled vase decorated in blue, gold and white in the Iris pattern, on square foot, base and neck decorated with gold flowers on blue ground. Height 26.5 cm

Pair of Doulton Burslem twin handled vases, by Percy Curnock, 26.5 cm high (2)