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 Doulton Lambeth 'Four Horse' jug by Hannah Barlow, with sgraffito horses in a field, 23 cm high

A rare Doulton Lambeth 'Foliate' ewer by Frank Butler, with naturalistic stylised foliate form lip and handle and anthemion incised decoration, impressed monogram and 647 model no to the base, 29.5 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth silicon stoneware jug, painted with a copper luster to resemble metal. Rivets, seams, dents and were simulated to complete the illusion. Copper Ware was produced from the late 1880s until 1914., 17 x 15 cm

Royal Doulton Kingsware dewars whisky jug character: Sporting squire, height 20 cm approx

Royal Doulton motto stoneware jug with raised figures and grapevine decoration, 18.5 cm high

A large and rare Doulton & Watts stoneware Nelson flask, circa 1845, 42 cm high, modelled as a half-length figurehead of Nelson in uniform with all his orders and medals, the neck of the flask formed by the cockade, with a rope twist handle, the lower body

Charles Noke for Royal Doulton, the Drake jug, with Royal Doulton mark, numbered 230 and signed 'Noke, height 27.5 cm. Provenance: the Estate of Robert Colson, ACT

A Doulton Lambeth Florence Barlow horse decorated jug, the ovoid body with incised decoration of five galloping horses in dark and mid-brown salt glaze, blue highlights to the fine banded stiff leaf border, the conforming handle with crack, impressed and i

Doulton Burslem ewer hand decorated, 15 cm high approx.

Florence E Barlow Doulton Lambeth jug decorated with repeating patterns of applied rosettes & cherubs. Stamped & incised to the base, dated 1877. Condition: good, expected age related Ware. Height 39.5 cm

Royal Doulton 'The Pied Piper' loving jug by Charles Noke & Harry Fenton painted in colours & relief moulded portraying a German town scene, the pied piper wearing a long cape & hat & playing a musical flute leading the children thr

Doulton Burslem water jug, Kew pattern, C:1900. 25 cm high.

Four Victorian Doulton Lambeth stoneware jugs including 2 with sterling silver lids hallmarked London 1888 & 1893 (18 cm high tallest) and 2 others (1 with large chip)

Doulton Lambeth, by Frank Butler jug shaped vase with geometric polychrome decoration, circa 1876, approx 45 cm high

A Royal Doulton Maori decorated salt glaze stoneware jug, ovoid form, the four stylised masks with encircling band above and stylised panels below all in relief in a deep olive green glaze, the body of mid-tan tone with fine salt glaze finish. Impressed ma

Large Doulton Burslem Art Nouveau water jug 26.5 cm high approx.

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

Large Royal Doulton 'The Dickens jug' no. 751 of 1,000 by Charles Noke with original certificate

Royal Doulton 'Treasure Island Jug' designed by Charles Noke, limited edition 215/600 with original certificate. 20 cm

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

Royal Doulton Lambeth jug with applied NZ Tiki motives 1905-23, Lion & Crown backstamp, 8 cm tall.

Early 19th century copper lustre vase together with a Royal Doulton Lambeth jug (as inspected)

19th century Doulton Lambeth silver mounted motto jug, 'Bread at pleasure, Drink by measure', hallmarks London 1888

A Royal Doulton Kingsware golfing pattern tall jug, swollen form, the front with a golfer addressing the ball and his caddy, five smaller golfing figures to the reverse, traditional dark brown dominant tone. Height 22.5 cm

Royal Doulton 'English Rose' dinner wares comprising of 6 main, 6 entree, 6 bread/butter plates, 2 bowls, 1 cream jug, 1 platter, 1 tureen, 1 sandwich tray and 6 trios

Doulton Silicon Leatherware ''Blackjack Jug 1' Sterling silver rim, hallmarked London 1890

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

Royal Doulton Kingsware Memories jug, measures 12.5 cm high

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

Antique Doulton Lambeth Egyptian revival jug, along with an antique jasperware armorial jug for Guildford. Approx 18 cm high and shorter (2)

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware Saltglazed water jug, 1880, designed by George Tinworth, Doulton artist 1866-1913 period of tall tankard style, in a rich turquoise green upon a mottled amber ground with an incised and jewelled foliate and floral design through

A pair of Lambeth Doulton ewers with foliate and gilded decoration

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