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 vase hand-painted by Arthur Charles Eaton (act. 1899 - 1932), decorated with an 18th century scene, reminiscent of Holbein ware, of cylindrical shape with flaring mouth and conforming foot. Signed. Printed factory marks. Height 31 cm

An impressive Doulton flambe 'Sung' large jar, ovoid shouldered shape, signed A.(Arthur Charles) Eaton (act.1889 - 1932), decorated with a peacock in flight. Impressed mark for June 1923, signed Noke under the base. Height 27 cm

Royal Doulton Sung flambe bowl by Arthur Eaton and Charles Noke, decorated with an exotic bird on a rich red ground. Signed and additionally signed to the base. Diameter 18 cm

Royal Doulton, 'Quiet Pond', hand painted with highland cattle at a quiet pond, signed Arthur Eaton, stamped Royal Doulton England, impressed serial number 3528. Height 23 cm

A Royal Doulton Sung flambe vase by Charles Noke and Arthur Eaton, circa 1930, baluster, painted with a phoenix in flight on a red ground, printed factory mark and painted signatures. Height 22 cm

A Royal Doulton Sung vase, decorated by Charles Noke and Arthur Charles Eaton, with a shepherd with his flock at nightfall, black marks, original paper label, damage. Height 28 cm