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 late Victorian Doulton Burslem 'Iris' wash basin, late 19th century, the basin with a lobed edge profusely embellished with gilded flora upon midnight blue, decorated to the centre and exterior with blue iris flowers and foliage sponged with gold

Antique Doulton Burslem 'Blue iris' pattern bowl, 12 cm high x 29 cm long

A Doulton Burslem 'Blue Iris' patterned vase, re-gilded at the rim. Height 10.5 cm

Pair of antique Doulton Burslem Blue Iris ewers, 24 cm high (2) mark 1891-1901

A Royal Doulton small ovoid vase decorated in the blue iris pattern on a gilt ground. Height 11 cm

A Doulton Burslem Blue Iris pattern vase on a plinth of an elegant classical shape with moulded gilt beading encircling the neck. Note; gilt flake loss on the pedestal. Height 26.5 cm