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 Pansy milk jugs. D4049. Two crazed and one stained. Height 12.5 cm, height 11.5 cm, and height 9.5 cm

Three piece Royal Doulton Pansy tea service. D4049. Teapot; sugarbowl; and cream jug. Some crazing. Height 12 cm, (teapot)

Royal Doulton Pansy pattern teaware of teapot, milk & cream jugs, sugar basin, two teacup and saucers, side plate and dish

Royal Doulton 'Pansy' cake plate 26 cm diameter handle to handle approx

Two Royal Doulton Pansy soup bowls together with a dessert bowl & small dish

Royal Doulton Pansy sandwich set comprising 4 side plates & a sandwich plate

A Royal Doulton cup, saucer, plate, in the pansy pattern.

A Royal Doulton teapot, pansy pattern, hairline crack to spout.

A Royal Doulton teapot, in the pansy pattern, repair to lid.

A Royal Doulton 24pcs Pansy part tea set c.1920's. The set comprises of: teapot and pot stand, 6 cups, 7 round saucers, 4 square saucers, milk jug, sugar bowl, square cake plate and rectangular cake plate. Height 11.5 cm

A Royal Doulton teapot, cream and sugar, in the Pansy pattern, lid with hairline cracks

A Royal Doulton 'Pansy' trio and a matching rack plate 1923-1928, 'Pansy' design number 4049, comprising an octagonal teacup, saucer, squared side plate, and faceted rack plate with bands of vibrant pansies encircling with black rims, backstamps and painte

Three pieces of Royal Doulton, in the Pansy pattern, luncheon plate, side plate and small bowl

A Royal Doulton fruit bowl, of octagonal form in the Pansy pattern

A Royal Doulton trio, 1923-1928, 'Pansy' design number 4049, comprising an octagonal teacup, saucer and a squared plate, vibrant pansies encircling with black rims, printed and painted marks underside, side plate length 15 cm. Width 15 cm. Saucer diameter

A very large Royal Doulton pitcher in the 'Pansy' pattern on a cream ground, flaring cylindrical shape, slight crazing inside the rim. Height 30.5 cm

A Royal Doulton earthenware Pansy pattern circular rose bowl with original metal grille. Diameter 20 cm