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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Rare Royal Doulton Souter coffee can and two saucers, cup 'Better Alone than in bad company'

Rare Royal Doulton Souter 'Here we go round the Mulberry Bush' candlestick, approx 23 cm high

Rare Royal Doulton 'Souter' saucer and side plate, D17.5 cm approx

Rare Royal Doulton 'Souter' side plate white, scene 3, Civil service stores Sydney, 1901-06

Miniature Royal Doulton Souter cat plate, appro x 11 cm diameter

A Royal Doulton Souter's cat plate, 'The Gay Bachelor', the cat to the centre with a border of cats and nouveau women. Diameter 23.5 cm

Royal Doulton Souter Cats series trio, Chip to inside rim of cup.

Royal Doulton Souter Cats milk jug & sugar bowl, David Henry Souter's 'Kateroo' character was featured on a series of Doulton china made at Burslem from 1906 to 1939. Star crack to base of milk jug.

Royal Doulton Souter Cats series trio. David Henry Souter's 'Kateroo' character was featured on a series of Doulton china made at Burslem from 1906 to 1939.

A Royal Doulton 'Souter's Cats' series ware plate, 'The Lovers', decorated with two cats to the centre framed by a border incorporating four Art Nouveau female portraits alternating with four Souter cat caricatures on a pale green ground. Printed mark, cir

A Royal Doulton 'Souter's Cats' series ware miniature vase, cylindrical shape with small loop handles at the shoulder, decorated with three cat caricatures and the abbreviated motto ' Be Content, The Sea (Hath) Fish Enough'. Printed mark. Height 10.3 cm