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

Two Royal Doulton commemorative writer cabinet plates, William Shakespeare & Robert Burns

Two complementary Royal Doulton patterned rack plates, circa 1910-1930s, patterns D3087 and D5294, a patterned Islamic plate and a floral series plate in the style of a Gothic rose window, both in maroon, blue and lemon colours; with backstamps and pattern

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

6 Royal Doulton coaching Days plates, including 5 side plates, V1474; & 'The Hunt' cabinet plate, diameter 15 cm (side plates) (each)

A fine signed Royal Doulton cabinet plate, 1922-1927 period, signed E. Wood (Edwin), the scalloped plate with a central floral bouquet of roses, aquilegia and others within a deep lavishly gilded border enclosing three shaped reserves with similar floral e

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

Two large Royal Doulton display plates Shakespeare Plays series, 32 cm diameter approx.

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

Two Royal Doulton cabinet plates, 'Poplars at Sunset,' c.1911, and 'The Coppice,' c.1937

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

Four Royal Doulton series ware items, comprising of a a large mug, a sandwich tray and two cabinet plates

A Royal Doulton china cabinet plate, all-over painted with a landscape 'Aberfoyle', signed J.Price; gilt rim. Diameter 27 cm

Royal Doulton under the Greenwood tree cabinet plate and Rosalind cabinet plate

Doulton Burslem display plate, together with antique similar

Five vintage English cabinet plates including Royal Doulton & Doulton Burslem

A 'Sir Roger de Coverley' Royal Doulton rack plate, Introduced 1911; pattern D 3418, 'The Spectators Return to Town', with an all over scene in muted green and autumnal tonings; with the Sir Roger de Coverley fox and hunting horn and Royal Doulton backstam

Royal Doulton six character cabinet plates, 'The Falconer, Mayor, Hunting Man, Jester, Squire, Parson' approx 27 cm D (6)

A Royal Doulton South African series 'Giraffes' plate, from 1957, a rack plate decorated with a photographic view of giraffes with a rim decorated with other wildlife, in pastel and sepia tones with backstamp and series information underside; illustrated i

A Royal Doulton cabinet plate by C. Nixon, after 1932, with a decorative gilded shaped rim and an all over handpainted scene of a thatched cottage in a country garden, signed lower right; backstamp underside, diameter 26 cm.

A Royal Doulton 'Pansy' trio and a matching rack plate 1923-1928, 'Pansy' design number 4049, comprising an octagonal teacup, saucer, squared side plate, and faceted rack plate with bands of vibrant pansies encircling with black rims, backstamps and painte

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 Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' cabinet plate, decorated with 'Two Young Girls at the Foot of a Tree', impressed marks to base, c. April 1914. Diameter 23 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' cabinet plate, decorated with 'Two Children Peeping in to a Tree Hole', printed marks to base, circa 1914. Diameter 23 cm

Five various pieces Royal Doulton Series Ware. Two Coaching Days bowls; and three cabinet plates - Gaffers and setters (2). Diameter 13.5 cm (2), 26 cm (3)

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

Four Royal Doulton cabinet plates, a 'Gibson Girl' plate, 'Failing to Find Rest and Quiet in the Country She Decides to Return Home', copyright 1901 by life Publishing Co., printed signature; one painted with roses within a pink and gilt ground, indistinct

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