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 large Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase by Frank Butler, circa 1900, incised artist monogram and impressed marks, 54 cm high

Two large and impressive Doulton Lambeth stoneware vases by Frank Butler 'Foliate' and 'Stylised Tulip & Geometric', circa 1890, each design on a midnight blue glaze ground, 40 and 37.5 cm high (2)

A large Doulton Lambeth stoneware 'Seaweed' vase lamp base by George Tinworth, circa 1880, of baluster form with beaded spiralling seaweed design, 36 cm high

A fine pair of Doulton Lambeth Saltglazed stoneware vases, 1891 after, with mark of Frank Butler, the tall slender ovoid vases, tubelined, beaded and moriage decorated with bold scrolling vegetal forms in brown, cream, blue grey and olive green colours upo

Pair of Royal Doulton stoneware vases, circa 1900, signed E W ,marks to base, 33 cm high apprx

A large Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase by Hannah Barlow, circa 1890, incised artist monogram and impressed marks, 42 cm high

A large Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase by Frank Butler and Hannah Barlow, dated 1887, incised artists monograms and impressed marks, 47.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton Lambeth vase, Hannah Barlow (1851-1916) vase of buff-coloured stoneware covered with two white and sgraffito goat central panels decorations, painted in blue and white, Lambeth Art pottery, London, England, dated 1877. Marks and inscription

A Doulton Lambeth Slater's patent stoneware vase (AF), with a royal blue background and gilt and white enamelling. Appears to have part of neck removed. Height 27 cm

Pair of Doulton Lambeth stoneware vases c.1890 (one A/F)

A pair of Royal Doulton salt glazed stoneware vases, after 1922, with potter's marks for probably a Leslie Harradine, the baluster vases with trumpet necks and a mottled blue to amber glaze to the neck, collar and base enclosing a broad amber frieze wi

A pair of Royal Doulton Slaters patent stoneware vases, later 19th century, with potter's monogram for Isabella Miller, the large faience style baluster vases with trumpet necks and waisted bases, in rich amber and tan mottled tones having a broad frie

A Royal Doulton Art Nouveau stoneware vase by Eliza Simmance, c.1890 Doulton mark impressed to base, incised 'SE' 'Hk' '532' 24 cm high

Art Nouveau Royal Doulton stoneware vase 25.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton Stoneware vase with relief decoration, impressed marks to base.

Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase decorated with flowers, impressed Doulton Lambeth mark to base. Height 12.5 cm

A pair of Royal Doulton stoneware bottle vases, tubelined Art Nouveau decoration to the body in grey and caramel on a cobalt blue ground, the base and neck in a burnt caramel brown. Doulton Lambeth mark impressed to base. 10 cm x 26 cm

An impressive large Royal Doulton stoneware vase, inverted baluster form on a round spreading foot, with trumpet form rim decorated to the shoulders with four panels of Nouveau type florals and leaves in greens, blues and caramels, matching motifs to rim o

Pair of Doulton Lambeth glazed stoneware vases, decorated with stylised flowers and leaves. Impressed marks Doulton Lambeth England, artist mark LB, model 340. Approx 24 cm high (2)

Royal Doulton glazed stoneware vase, decorated with flowers, leaves and scrolls, impressed factory marks, artist BW in script, approx high 36 cm

Royal Doulton stoneware Eliza Simmons vase, with impressed artist's and factory marks to base, circa 1925, 29 cm high approx

Pair Royal Doulton cylindrical stoneware vase, approx 19 cm high

A pair of Royal Doulton stoneware Art Deco vases, tapered form with swollen necks, tubeline panelled stylised floral decoration in blue, green and tan tones. Impressed and incised marks to base including those of the artist 'BM'. Height 17 cm

A Royal Doulton stoneware vase by Ethel Beard, circa 1920, 19 cm high

Doulton Lambeth pair of stoneware vases by Emily J Partington stamped 'Doulton Lambeth England' and signed 'Ejp' to base. Height 29 cm

Royal Doulton stoneware vase, with impressed mark to base, 31.5 cm high approx

A Royal Doulton salt glaze stoneware vase, of slender baluster form, applied with stylized foliate on a blue mottled ground. 47 cm high.

A pair of Doulton Lambeth stoneware vases, both marked for the Art Union of London, of Persian bottle shape decorated with stylised floral bands on an impressed ground, in shades of blue, framed by 'jewelled' borders, the necks similarly decorated. One mar

A Doulton Lambeth Hannah Barlow stoneware vase, squat ovoid form, the body with a wide band of sgrafitto decoration featuring deer and pheasants within a landscape on a white slip framed by bands of fine repeating flowerhead beads and incised repeating scr

A Royal Doulton stoneware vase, Rouleau shape with broad everted mouth decorated with moulded and painted Art Nouveau floral designs based around four stemmed flowers united by beaded swags and with secondary flowerhead motifs, all on a mottled blue and pa

A Royal Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase, ovoid shape on circular spreading foot and with trumpet neck, decorated in the Art Nouveau manner with an encircling band of flowerheads and stiff leaves at the base, mottled glazes. Artist's and factory marks under

A Doulton Lambeth 'Carrara' stoneware vase, shouldered ovoid shape, painted with flowers in lilac shades, highlighted with gilt. Impressed and printed factory marks under base. Minute rim frit and re-gilding to rim. Height 29 cm