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 fine Royal Doulton vase hand-painted by John Hugh Plant (act. 1902 - 1920), bone china two-handled baluster shape, painted with a scene of Warwick Castle. Height 20 cm

Royal Doulton 'Straneally castle' handpainted vase signed John Hugh Plant, 17.5 cm high approx.

Royal Doulton handpainted twin handle vase signed John Hugh Plant, with castle scene and gilt applique decoration, height 27 cm approx

Two Royal Doulton handpainted twin handled vases both signed John.Hugh.Plant, depicting Harlech castle, and Conway castle, height 21 cm approx

Royal Doulton 'Straneally castle' handpainted vase signed by the painter John Hugh Plant, 17.5cm high approx

A fine Royal Doulton cabinet vase hand-painted by John Hugh Plant (act. 1902 - 1920), compressed ovoid shape raised on a footed plinth base, painted with a panel with an Italian scene 'St. Giulio, Lake Orta', within gilt enriched borders on a pink ground.

Good hand painted Royal Doulton lidded jar decorated with a country cottage scene on one side, and forest scene on the other. Painted & signed by John Hugh plant, c:1920

A Royal Doulton plate painted by John Hugh plant, early 20th century, circular with a serpentine edge, the centre painted with a view of Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, signed, the border cobalt-glazed and with gilt foliate decoration, painted inscription

A Royal Doulton vase of ovoid form with painted continuous landscape of Chepstow Castle. Painted and signed by John Hugh Plant lower right. Shape number 1032. Height 18 cm