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 pair of bough pots by William Billingsley of Mansfield, 1790s, with Mansfield mark W(***) marks, painted marks E2, 3 & 6, semi-circular hybrid hard paste pots by James and Charles Whitehead with scalloped rims, arcaded bases and ball feet, with maritime

William Moorcroft, Orchid flambe flared vase, C.1930, impressed signature W Moorcroft, 'Potter to HM the Queen, Made in England, height 11.5 cm, diameter 7.6 cm, weight 230g

Early William Moorcroft pomegranate baluster vase, C. 1913, signed W Moorcroft., height 10.5 cm, diameter 5.5 cm, weight 118g

William Moorcroft, large vase, c. 1925, cornflower' pattern, decorated with flower heads in pale pink and white with blue stamens, against a green and blue ground, signed in blue 'W. Moorcroft', impressed 'Moorcroft, Made in England, height 32 cm

William Moorcroft, vase, c. 1930, waratah' pattern, decorated with five large flower heads against a mottled blue ground, signed in blue 'W. Moorcroft', impressed facsimile signature and 'Potter to HM the Queen, height 22 cm

William Moorcroft, vase, c. 1910, 'Hazledene' pattern, decorated with trees in landscape in tones of green and blue, signed in green 'W. Moorcroft', with printed registered design number '397964', height 31 cm

Two Doulton Burslem 'Australian Federation' fern pots, circa 1900 designed by John Slater and John Shorter, with green and sepia transfer designs featuring Queen Victoria flanked by soldiers, medallions of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York,

A Doulton Burslem 'Australian Federation' jardiniere, circa 1900 designed by John Slater and John Shorter, with a sepia transfer featuring Queen Victoria flanked by soldiers, and medallions of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, and Lord Hopetoun an

Martin Brothers stoneware Wally bird jar. The neck inscribed 'R.W. Martin and Brothers - London and Southall 1889.' on a turned wooden socle. Crack through legs and tail feathers, three internal chips to jar mouth, two internal screws attaching base. Heigh

A Locke & Co Worcester pheasant jug by Walter Stinton, 1896-1902, signed W Stinton to side of image, a moulded baluster jug with a deep acanthus leaf collar in relief and raised on a moulded and shaped foot, decorated to the body with a pheasant upon a

Royal Doulton figure 'Thanks Doc!' by W.K. Harper HN2731. Issued 1975-1990. Colour white & brown. Height 22.2 cm

Royal Worcester twin handle lidded pot pouri jar, circa 1905, with hand painted peacock and floral decoration, signed W.E.Jarman, height 23.5 cm approx

Royal Worcester 'Fruit' design two handled bowl, signed W.H. Austin (hairline)

Derby late circa 18th plate attributed to Billingsley, stamped with puce mark circa 1782-1800 to back, with handpainted rose centre and edges, width 22.5 cm approx, refer to coloured illustration 16 Billingsley by W. D. John

William Moorcroft, a blue ground Waratah vase, circa 1935, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 20.5 cm high

Fielding's Crown Devon, a porcelain 'Advance Australia Fair' musical jug, circa 1935, relief moulded with a scene of Captain Cook entering Botany Bay, and the poem 'Advance Australia Fair, further later inscribed in gilded lettering: presen

Doulton & Co, Burslem, an Australian Federation 1901 Commemorative Ware jardiniere, printed with a profile portrait of Queen Victoria in a wreath framed by two British soldiers, the Duke and Duchess of York, Earl of Hopetoun and Sir Henry Parkes, decor

William Moorcroft, a Waratah vase, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 19 cm high. Provenance: The Ruth Simon Collection, Sydney

William Moorcroft, a Waratah vase, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 19 cm high. Provenance: The Ruth Simon Collection, Sydney

William Moorcroft, two Waratah candlesticks, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 8 cm high

William Moorcroft, a Waratah bowl, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 21 cm diameter

William Moorcroft, a Waratah vase, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 19 cm high. Provenance: The Ruth Simon Collection, Sydney

William Moorcroft, a blue ground Waratah plate, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 26.5 cm diameter. Provenance: The Ruth Simon Collection, Sydney

William Moorcroft, a Waratah bowl, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 11 cm diameter

William Moorcroft, a blue ground Waratah vase, circa 1932, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 21 cm high

William Moorcroft, a flambe Waratah jug, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 18.5 cm high. Provenance: The Ruth Simon Collection, Sydney

William Moorcroft, a Waratah vase, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 18 cm high. Provenance: The Ruth Simon Collection, Sydney

William Moorcroft, a blue ground Waratah vase, circa 1935, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 23 cm high

William Moorcroft, a blue ground Waratah vase, circa 1935, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 24 cm high

William Moorcroft, a small green gound Waratah bowl, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 10.5 cm high. Provenance: The Ruth Simon Collection, Sydney

William Moorcroft, a Waratah dish, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: Moorcroft, Made in England, W. Moorcroft, Potter to HM The Queen, 11 cm diameter

William Moorcroft, a green gound Waratah vase, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 8 cm high. Provenance: The Ruth Simon Collection, Sydney

William Moorcroft, a small blue gound Waratah vase, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 10 cm high. Provenance: The Ruth Simon Collection, Sydney

William Moorcroft, a small green ground Waratah jug, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 9 cm high. Provenance: The Ruth Simon Collection, Sydney

William Moorcroft, a flambe waratah vase, circa 1930, impressed and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, Potter to HM The Queen, 10.5 cm high

William Moorcroft, a Waratah plate, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 22.5 cm diameter

William Moorcroft, a Waratah plate, circa 1930, stamped, inscribed and paper label: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 22.5 cm diameter

William Moorcroft, a Waratah plate, circa 1930, stamped and inscribed: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 22.5 cm diameter. Provenance: The Ruth Simon Collection, Sydney

William Moorcroft, a flambe Waratah plate, circa 1930, stamped, inscribed and paper labelled: W. Moorcroft, Made in England, By Appointment Potter to HM The Queen, 22.5 cm diameter. Provenance: The Ruth Simon Collection, Sydney

A Pilkington Royal Lancastrian 'flower' decorated lustre vase, circa 1920, by William S Mycock, stamped Royal Lancastrian, England, 3043?, monogrammed W. S. M, 23cm high

A Pilkington Royal Lancastrian 'leaf' decorated lustre vase, circa 1920, by William S Mycock, stamped Royal Lancastrian, England, 3184, monogrammed W. S. M, 16cm high

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