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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Royal Doulton earthenware vase by Florrie Jones with a tubelined white rose detail, initialed to the base, impressed number '7816r'. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Height 19 cm

A Noke and Nixon for Royal Doulton bulb-form vase signed 'Noke' and 'HN' to base 18 cm high

Royal Doulton vase with embossed bird & branch decoration on blue ground. C.1920s. Height 16 cm

Signed early Royal Doulton vase. Fishing boats in high seas. Signed 'N L Woohings (?)'. Height 15.5 cm

Royal Doulton J.Hughes signed vase 'Linlithgow', circa 1910

A Royal Doulton white bone china two-handled baluster vase, painted with a scene of 'Shakespeare's Country Guys Cliff Mill', signed C. Hart. Height 16 cm

A Doulton Burslem tall earthenware vase, inverted baluster form with tall narrow neck, decorated with multi-coloured chrysanthemums and foliage. Gilt embellishment to face and rim. Height 44 cm

A Royal Doulton Art Deco porcelain vase, circa 1930s. 24.5 cm high

A pair of Royal Doulton spill vases by Joseph Hancock, circa 1910, each of campana form painted with reserves of a gentleman and lady at hunt on horseback with dogs in a landscape, 11.5 cm high, (2)

A Royal Doulton vase by George White, circa 1910, of tapered form with gilded rim and tooled gilt neck, profusely painted with swans in a lake being fed by a fair maiden in a long gown, 29.5 cm high

'All Black Team' Royal Doulton 1906-30: Squat round vase, with foliage pattern to neck, 'The All Black Team' crest to reverse, front shows 'Ready for Chances', fielder ready to take a catch. Excellent condition. Bone china

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

Royal Doulton J Hughes signed vase. 'Linlithgow.' marked PAD 8065-C7239 to base, c.1910s. Estate late Margaret Goldfinch. Height 15 cm

Late Victorian Doulton Burslem vase, with blue and gilt floral pattern, 20 cm high

Royal Doulton J Hughes signed vase. 'Linlithgow.' marked pad 8065-C7239 to base, c.1910s. Height 15 cm

Vintage Royal Doulton hand painted vase, signed C. Hart, 22 cm high approx

An antique Royal Doulton desert scene Studio vase signed F Henri

Royal Doulton bird of paradise vase with enameled & gilded decoration, painted 'E' to the base. Height 33.5 cm

A Royal Doulton painted baluster vase with gilded shaped rim and foot. Strancally Castle, signed J.H. Plant, circa 1905. Height 16 cm

Pair Doulton silicon ware vases, with relief moulded decoration. Plus a Dudson jasperware teapot

Antique Doulton Burslem two handled vase, with handpainted floral and gilt decoration. 17 cm tall

A small Doulton Burslem porcelain vase of squat form with painted and gilt floral decoration, circa 1895. Height 7 cm

A fine Royal Doulton bone china vase, painted by Percy Curnock, cylindrical shape, hand painted with poppies on a lavender ground, raised gilded detailing at the rim, signed and with printed factory mark. Height 25 cm

Royal Doulton vase designed and bearing the mark of mark V Marshall (ex Martin Bros designer) with MTM in cartouche

Pair of Royal Doulton Burslem vases, approx 17 cm high, (2)

Royal Doulton 'Heres-A-Health Unto His Majesty Vase By Noke with Two Handles, Marked to Base 'D5719J'. Height 32 cm

Royal Doulton pair of floral vases in the Doulton Burslem fashion, with impressed marks to base '8242 - Ew'. Height 29 cm

A good handpainted Royal Doulton vase, painted with mountain and castle scene. Signed to base J Birbeck Sr. Bone china, finely gilded. 20 cm high

A rare Doulton Rembrandt Ware Arts & Crafts vase, c.1890, hand painted with a portrait of Oliver Cromwell and a wide band of three galleons under sail with 'Protector of the Commonwealth' painted above the earthenware, blue and golden tones conforming with

A fine quality Royal Doulton white bone china baluster vase painted with turkeys and country gentlemen, the moulded mask handles richly gilded. Rim faults. Height 20.5 cm

Royal Doulton twin handled ball form vase, painted with roses by J Curnock. 9 cm high

A Royal Doulton 'Blue Children' vase, of spherical form with pinched neck decorated with the scene of two children peeking into the tree. Height 14 cm

A late Victorian Doulton Burslem urn vase, the two handled vase decorated in blue, gold and white in the Iris pattern, on square foot, base and neck decorated with gold flowers on blue ground. Height 26.5 cm

A Royal Doulton twin handled vase, by George White, circa 1920, the pear shaped body painted with mermaids in an underwater garden by George White, gilded accents to the scrolled twin handles and base, 31 cm high, painted signature, printed factory marks t

A Royal Doulton vase by George White, circa 1910, titled 'An Idle Chase', of tapering cylindrical form, painted in pastel tones with a winged female fairy chasing a dragonfly, within gilt borders, 30 cm high, green printed factory mark, signed G. White

Pair of Doulton Burslem twin handled vases, by Percy Curnock, 26.5 cm high (2)

A Royal Doulton vase by Percy Curnock, circa 1910, of high shouldered slightly cushion shaped baluster form with shaped gilt bracket handles, a gilt rim and mouth and upon a small spreading foot, with a fine all over scene of a young countrywoman feeding c

A Royal Doulton potpourri lidded baluster vase, painted with fruit signed Lindsey Till, the borders richly gilded on a circular stand. Height 13 cm