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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Royal Doulton Shakespeare series 5 bowls, series ware, 'Orlando, Wolsey, Juliet, Falstaff, Ophelia' 19 cm diameter

Two Royal Doulton Toby jugs, 'Happy John' and 'Falstaff'

Royal Doulton Falstaff cup & saucer, two plates, measures 26.5 cm, 20 cm, 7 cm x 14.25 cm (4)

A group of three Royal Doulton Shakespeare series plates. Various dates from 1923 (design dates earlier), plates of various sizes comprising 'Wolsey', D 3746 in a sepia toned church setting circa 1923-1927; 'Falstaff', number 3596 in a forest, from 1932; a

A large Royal Doulton Sir John Falstaff Toby jug, designed late 1930s, the Charles Noke's designed jug of the Shakespearean character, potbellied with frothing beers in both hands; with backstamp from 1932 and impressed design numerals 8326. Height 21.5 cm

A Royal Doulton oval series ware dish, Falstaff D3596, 30 cm diameter

Royal Doulton Series Ware 'Falstaff' jug approx 25 cm tall. C:1930