Learn about Royal Doulton Silicon Ware

Royal Doulton Silicon Ware was mainly produced from 1880 to 1912, although examples exist up to 1930. It consists of a very hard high-fired stoneware body in light brown and blue, covered in a barely perceptible matt glaze known as 'smear'. Silicon Ware objects are usually decorated with applied beads, rosettes and medallions, sometimes by major Doulton artists such as Eliza Simmance, Florence Barlow and Edith Lupton.

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 silicon vase c.1900 impressed mark to base 10 cm high

Doulton Lambeth silicon Ware jardiniere of ovoid form with three applied handles and three applied feet, approx 20.5 cm high

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

Doulton silicon unglazed lidded biscuit barrel with plated mounts

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

Two Doulton Lambeth 'Silicon' ware vases, decorated with applied designs. A baluster vase and a small ovoid vase. The larger dated 1883, height 220; the smaller dated 1884, height 7.5 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Silicon' ware tyg (three handled mug), with simulated copper finish with 'riveted' detail. Impressed factory marks. Height 15.5 cm

A Doulton Lambeth 'Silicon' ware jug, tapering cylindrical shape, the buff ground decorated with carved and applied geometric bands and borders in tones of blues and white. Impressed factory marks. Height 21.5 cm

Two Royal Doulton Arts & Crafts copper lustre jugs. Stud, band and dimple motifs. marked 'silicon' to bases. Height 18 cm, and height 15 cm

Pair Royal Doulton Silicon Ware miniature vases, with embossed floral decoration. Height 9.5 cm (Each)

A Royal Doulton, Silicon Ware jardinere, c.1920 with applied decoration.

Three Doulton Stoneware miniatures silicon two vases and flask

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