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 Royal Doulton signed Chrysanthemum cabinet plate, circa 1920s-30s, with signature of R Johnson (Reginald), the gently scalloped plate with gilt rims, centred with a fine hand painted posy of pink chrysanthemum and foliage upon a cream ground, signed to i

A fine Royal Doulton 'Touchstone' cabinet plate, 1885-1912 period, pattern 8139, a cream bordered plate with an engraved gold cavetto and laurel leaf rims, decorated with Sheraton inspired swags and scrolls and three handpainted reserves enclosed

A Doulton Burslem signed rose cabinet plate, circa 1887., with signature of L Bilton (Louis), the scallop edged plate with a fine trailing gilt floral border, delicately painted with a loose spray of pink dog rose and other blooms, signed to image, backsta

A signed Royal Doulton Orchid cabinet plate, 1907, with signature of David Dewsberry, specialist orchid painter, the scalloped plate with a fine decorative foliate and swag form border in gold paste centred with an exquisitely painted pair of mauve and puc

An unusual Royal Doulton 'Titanian' bird of paradise cabinet plate

Royal Doulton George White display plate. Hand painted & signed scene of mermaid & water nymphs. C.1900. Diameter 23 cm

Royal Doulton signed Curnock cabinet plate hand painted with roses and ornate gilt border, 26.5 cm wide

Rare Royal Doulton rack plate in Holbein glaze D2452 c.1907

A Royal Doulton hand painted cabinet plate by G.H. Evans, painted with a view of 'Tantallon Castle'. Diameter 26.5 cm

Doulton Burslem display plate, together with antique similar

Five vintage English cabinet plates including Royal Doulton & Doulton Burslem

A Royal Doulton bone china cabinet plate hand painted by David Dewsbury (act. 1889 - 1919), with yellow tinted roses within gilded borders. Signed, entitled 'Niphetos' to the back along with printed factory marks and impressed mark for February 1905. Diame

A pair of titled Royal Doulton cabinet plates painted by Charles Hart Snr. and Reginald brown, 'Shakespeare's Country, Warwick Castle' and 'Ross Castle', signed C Hart and R brown, printed marks, one retailed by Marshall field & Company Chicago, 26 cm diam

Royal Doulton 'Grand Canal Venice' hand painted cabinet plate signed J. H. Plant

Royal Doulton 'San Giorgio Venice' hand painted cabinet plate signed J. H. Plant

W. Slater, five Royal Doulton cabinet plates, gilt and rouge border centering on Victorian roses, artist signed, red stamped maker's mark, 19/F, C3036 (5)

Royal Doulton cabinet plate, finely gilded on blue ground with a painted centre panel by J. A. Bailey, 26 cm diameter

A set of nine Royal Doulton 'The Professional' Series Ware rack plates introduced 1909 each with polychrome decoration

A Royal Doulton rack plate, 'It’s a long way to Tipperary, it’s a long way to Go', World War I rifleman stands before the Union Jack within a kowhaiwhai border. Diameter 26 cm

Royal Doulton 'Old Moreton' wares consisting of serving bowl, display plate, jug and two cereal bowls

Display plate late Victorian floral design Doulton Burslem (a/f)

Two Royal Doulton display plates 'The Mayor' and 'The Parson'

Two Royal Doulton display plates 'The Squire' and 'The Bookworm'

Pair Royal Doulton hand painted display plates signed P. Curnock and titled on reverse 'Corot', landscape scenes.20 cm high

Royal Doulton cabinet plate, the hand painted central panel of roses, signed C Hart

Royal Doulton cabinet plate with central hand painted panel of roses signed H. Brown

Rack plate, Royal Doulton 'Golfer' plate 'All Fools are not Knaves but all Knaves are Fools' #D3395 Dated 1911

Pair of Royal Doulton cabinet plates, of square form decorated with landscapes, after Corot, the Willow Bank souvenir de Morte Fontaine, signed P. Curnock 20 x 20 cm approx

Pair of Royal Doulton cabinet plates, of square form decorated with landscapes, after Corot. Lago di Garda unz Soiree, signed P. Curnock 20 x 20 cm approx

Royal Doulton hand painted cabinet plate 'Woodcock' signed Fred Hancock

Royal Doulton hand painted cabinet plate 'Mallards' signed C. Percy