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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Two various Royal Doulton Series Ware milk jugs. 'Cock-A-Doodle Do,' & 'Coaching Days'. Height 9 cm & 10 cm

Royal Doulton Coaching Days dessert set comprising of a large bowl and 6 small bowls

Royal Doulton 'Coaching Days' lidded jar, with silver plated fittings, 18 cm high

Six Royal Doulton 'Coaching Days' side plates together with 6 matching dessert bowls, sandwich plate & beaker cover (14)

Royal Doulton 'Coaching Days' teapot together with matching milk jug & lidded sugar bowl

Two Royal Doulton 'Coaching Days' sandwich plates together with a matching cake plate

A Royal Doulton 'Coaching Days' vase, earthenware, two-handled cylinder form. Height 14 cm

Royal Doulton Coaching Days plate and sandwich plate, approx 24 cm diameter x 29 cm long (sandwich plate) (2)

Pair of Royal Doulton Coaching Days squat vases, each approx 9 cm high, 13 cm wide (2)

Six items of Royal Doulton Coaching Days comprising 4 side plates and two bowls

Large Royal Doulton coaching Days slop bucket, with sink top. Star crack to body. Height 29 cm

Royal Doulton 'Coaching Days' tea & coffee wares 10 small plates, 7 saucers, 6 various cups, milk jug and sugar, some af

A Royal Doulton earthenware Coaching Days charger. Diameter 34.5 cm

Five various pieces Royal Doulton Series Ware. Two Coaching Days bowls; and three cabinet plates - Gaffers and setters (2). Diameter 13.5 cm (2), 26 cm (3)

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