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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Three graduated Royal Doulton Dickens Ware jugs. 'Mr Squeers;' 'Poor Jo,' and 'Little Nell.' D3070 etc. 18 cm, (tallest)

Fifteen mixed Royal Doulton Series Ware items, plus one, circa: 1920s-30s, comprising various bowls, dishes, plates, cups and saucers, a vase, sugar bowl; four coaching scenes items (one by Grimwades), four Gaffers items by Nokes (D4210), seven Dickens War

A Royal Doulton Dickens Ware salad bowl, featuring Tom Sykes, the Artful Dodger, and Fagin, Ht. 13 cm, Dia. 25 cm

A Royal Doulton Dickens ‘;Poor Jo’ cheese wedge. Diameter 25 cm

Royal Doulton 'The Dickens Jug' by Charles Noke & Harry Fenton 'Master of Smiles & Tears', of cylindrical form, heavily moulded to the exterior with various Dickens characters, moulded banner to the base with text 'Lord Keep My

A large Royal Doulton Dickens Ware 'Mrs Bardell' vase, tall cylindrical form with swollen base, two open handles. Height 32.5 cm

Two Royal Doulton twin handle Dickens ware vases, 'Trolly Veek', 'Little Nell', 13 cm high approx

A Royal Doulton 'Mr Pickwick' character jug, 1993, D 6959, the Royal Doulton limited edition character jug of the classic Dickens character, number 137 of an edition of 2500; with backstamps underside. Height 18.5 cm

Large Royal Doulton 'The Dickens jug' no. 751 of 1,000 by Charles Noke with original certificate

A Royal Doulton Dickens Ware teaset, oblong form teapot with cream and sugar, four trios and a cake plate. (Some faults)

A rare Royal Doulton Dickens Ware spittoon, Alfred Jingle, fat boy and Sam Weller to the body. 19 cm x 18 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Rustic England' bowl together with Royal Doulton Dickens wear 'Cap'n Cuttle'

A Royal Doulton Dickens Ware tobacco humidor, the lid with original metal fitting but old staple repairs

A Royal Doulton Dickens Ware shaving mug, a rare shape, repair to base

Nine Royal Doulton bowls, including 'Dickens Ware'. (9)

A Royal Doulton 'Dickens Ware' teapot, and six cups, saucers & plates. (7)

Six Royal Doulton 'Dickens Ware' cups and saucers. (6)

Two Royal Doulton 'Dickens Ware' vases, 'Bill Sykes' and 'Artful Dodger'. (2) Heights 18 cm and 20 cm

Doulton Kingsware whisky flask, Mr Micawber, paper label on back for Dickens Whisky

Royal Doulton Series Ware plate 'The Squire'; Dickens Ware 'Tom Pinch'; 'Wolsey' plate & bowl. (4 items)

A Royal Doulton 'Sairey Gamp' character jug, production era 1935-1986, pattern D 5528, featuring one of Charles Dickens' characters with an elderly woman in a black bonnet tied with a pale green scarf; backstamps underside. Height 16 cm

Royal Doulton blue and white 'Shakespeare and Dickens' plates, approx 26 cm (2)

Royal Doulton Dickens Ware tureen Bill Sykes, Mr Pickwick, crack to lid

A Royal Doulton Dickens ware biscuit barrel, decorated with 'Sam Weller' and 'Mr. Pickwick', designed by Noke, tapering cylindrical shape with silver plated lid and swing handle. Hairline to rim. Height 16.5 cm

Doulton boxed David Copperfield figurine, the works of Charles Dickens

A Royal Doulton Dickens Ware earthenware Mr Squeers teapot. Height 16 cm

Six Royal Doulton series ware pieces; a circular landscape plate D5368, 26 cm diameter a square plate depicting Historic England Thomas A'Beckett Canterbury Cathedral 14.5 cm square Dickens-ware square plate Sam Weller, 15 cm diameter and three Dickens war

Two Royal Doulton Series Ware plates; Bill Sykes D5915, 26 cm diameter, Fagin D5175, 26 cm diameter

Two Royal Doulton Dickens Ware items. 'The Artful Dodger' lobed dish, 1937; and 'Tom Pinch' sandwich tray. Diameter 29.5 cm, and length 34 cm

Two Royal Doulton miniature Dickens figures Sairey Gamp and Mr Pickwick

Three Royal Doulton miniature Dickens figures little Nell, Scrooge and tiny Tim

Three Doulton Dicken's figures, Mr. Pickwick, Stiggins and Alfred Jingle and a Wilkinson Ltd mother Goose and a Crown Staffordshire bird, all 10 cm high (4)

Royal Doulton; Dickens group with 'Mr Pickwick' relief jug; 'Trotty Veck' jug; 'London to York' bowl, 20.3 cm diameter, No. D3020; 'Sam Weller' plate, No. D2973 and 'Dickens Portrait' plate, No. D6306. (5)

Royal Doulton 'Dickens Ware' plate and beaker both are Bill Sykes pattern, plate 25 cm wide, beaker 9 cm high