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 trio of Royal Doulton little girl figurines, 1934-35 years of release, retired 1988-1996, all designed by Leslie Harradine, 'Dinky Do' pattern HN1678, 'Tinkle bell', pattern HN1677, and 'Babie' pattern 1679; all with green backsta

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Penelope', Issued 1939-1975, pattern HN1901, designed by Leslie Harradine, Penelope in a crinoline and mop cap unpicking her sewing, designed after a calendar illustration entitled the Seamstress, and based on the classic

A rare first Version Royal Doulton figurine, 'The Bather', 1924, date of introduction, withdrawn 1949, HN687 designed by Leslie Harradine, 'The Bather' potted by Doulton & Co, and signed with decorator's initials J.P., depicting a r

A rare Royal Doulton figurine 'Folly' HN 1750, designed by Leslie Harradine in production 1936-1949, modelled with balloons, cone hat, ruffled collar and short dress. Painted and printed details to base

A Doulton Lambeth figure of a Dutch woman by Leslie Harradine, c.1914 Doulton mark impressed to base, and 'H9' 11 cm (h)

Royal Doulton figure 'Granny's Heritage' designed by Leslie Harradine & launched in 1949, signed to the base & hand numbered 'HN2031'. Condition: good, minor wear to the base. Height 18.5 cm

Royal Doulton figure 'Primroses' designed by Leslie Harradine from the Harradine Classics series. HN1617. Condition: good, minor age related wear to the base. Height 16.5 cm

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 Royal Doulton 'The balloon man' figure. Introduced 1940, pattern HN1954, designer L. Harradine, a seated figure with a resigned expression holding balloons; green backstamp underside. Height 18.5 cm.

A Royal Doulton 'Biddy Pennyfarthing' figure. Introduced 1938, pattern HN1843, designer, L. Harradine, the standing figure holding balloons and holding a posy of flowers; green backstamp underside. Height 22.5 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Old balloon seller' figure. Introduced 1929, pattern HN1315, designer L. Harradine, the seated female figure holding balloons and with a basket at her side; green backstamp underside. Height 19.5 cm

Early Royal Doulton 'Top o' the Hill' figure HN1834 by Leslie Harradine, 18 cm high approx.

A rare Royal Doulton 'Baba' figure, produced between 1927-1938 only, designed by Leslie Harradine, model HN1230, as a seated young girl wearing a blue clown hat and vest, her wide clown pants in striped yellow and purple, painted number, printed mark and i

A Royal Doulton 'The old balloon seller' figurine, later 20th century, model HN1315 designed by L. Harradine in 1929, the slip cast model depicting the elderly street seller in her emerald green robe with a collection of balloons and basket of flowers by h

A Royal Doulton figure 'Margot' HN1628, Royal Doulton figurine, Margot HN1628, designed Leslie Harradine; (13.86 cm); high Issued: 1934-1940

Royal Doulton Leslie Harradine figurine, 'Midsummer Noon', HN1900, 12 cm high, as inspected

A Royal Doulton 'Mendicant' figure. Designed by Leslie Harradine. 1929-1969. HN1365. 22 cm high.

Royal Doulton 'Windflower' figurine, first issued c.1939, HN2029, manufactured England, designed by Leslie Harradine. Height 18.5 cm

Royal Doulton 'Deidre' figurine, first issued c.1949, HN2020, manufactured England, designed by Leslie Harradine. Height 18 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine 'Duffy Down Dilly', a girl in country dress holding two baskets of daffodils, based on a nursery rhyme, designed by Harradine, introduced 1935, withdrawn 1975, HN1712, printed mark. Height 200. Minute chip to flower petal

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Bonnie Lassie', a Scottish girl with baskets of flowers, designed by Harradine, introduced 1934, withdrawn 1953, HN1626, printed mark. Height 14 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine 'Cynthia', a Victorian girl seated holding a bunch of flowers, designed by Harradine, introduced 1935, withdrawn 1949, HN1685, printed mark and handwritten 'Potted by Doulton & Co.'. Height 15 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Sweet and Fair', the green gowned woman seated on chair holding a book designed by Harradine, introduced 1938, withdrawn 1949, HN1865, printed mark, handwritten title. Hairline cracks to base. Height 9 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Pearly Boy', based on the pearl button encrusted costumes of the East End Cockneys, designed by Harradine, introduced 1931, withdrawn 1949, HN1482, printed mark, handwritten title and potted by Doulton & Co.'. Height 14 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Polly Peachum', miniature, signed by Leslie Harradine, introduced 1925, withdrawn 1949, HN760, printed mark. Chip to left hand. Height 6.5 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'The Mask', a 1920s girl in purple and blue pantalooned costume holding and looking at a mask in her right hand, she stands in front of a tree stump with Cupid sitting atop the stump and hiding behind her skirts, designed by Harra

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Maureen', designed by Harradine, introduced 1936, withdrawn 1959, HN1770, printed mark. Height 9 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'The Little Bridesmaid', designed by Harradine, introduced 1930, withdrawn 1949, HN1434, printed mark with hand written 'Potted by Doulton & Co.'. Hairline at bodice. Height 13 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Pantaloons', (Pantalettes), designed by Harradine, introduced 1929, withdrawn 1942, HN1362, printed mark, hand written 'Potted by Doulton & Co.'. Repair to bonnet. Height 20 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Paisley Shawl', designed by Harradine, introduced 1946, withdrawn 1975, HN1988, printed mark. Hairline to bonnet. Height 16 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, a 'Victorian lady' designed by Harradine, introduced 1925, withdrawn 1952, HN728, printed mark, handwritten 'Potted by Doulton & Co.'. Height 20 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Babie', designed by Harradine, introduced 1938, withdrawn 1949, HN1842, printed mark. Height 12.5 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Phyllis', depicting a country shepherdess, designed by L. Harradine, introduced 1930, withdrawn 1949, HN1420, stamped mark to base with handwritten 'Potted by Doulton & Co.'. Minute chip to flower petal and to back of dress. Heig

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Veronica', a young ringleted hair 18th century girl, designed by Harradine, introduced 1934, withdrawn 1949, HN1650, printed mark with handwritten 'Potted by Doulton & Co.'. Height 20 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'The Bride', a 1920s bride holding a bouquet of yellow roses, designed by Harradine, introduced 1933, withdrawn 1938, HN1588, printed mark with handwritten 'Potted by Doulton & Co.'. Hairline and over-painting at base of robe. Hei

A Royal Doulton figurine 'June', a gowned young woman with flowers and parasol, designed by Harradine, was introduced 1949, withdrawn 1952, HN2027. Height 19 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Elfreda', designed by Harradine, introduced 1951, withdrawn 1955, HN2078, printed mark. Height 19 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Child Study', designed by Harradine, introduced 1924, withdrawn 1938, HN603A, printed mark. Height 2 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Sweet Anne', designed by Harradine, introduced 1932, withdrawn 1967, HN1496, printed mark. Height 18.5 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Spring Flowers', designed by Harradine, introduced 1937, withdrawn 1959, HN1807, printed mark. Height 18.5 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Lido Lady', a 1920s girl in dark pink lounging pyjamas and cuddling a puppy, designed by Harradine, introduced 1927, withdrawn 1938, possibly based on a Noel Howard satirical song, HN1220, printed mark, handwritten title and pott

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