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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Royal Doulton Shakespeare series 3 large chargers, series ware, 'Ophelia, Falstaff, Hamlet' 35.5 cm diameter

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series cheese dish, lidded, series ware, 'Falstaff, Rosalind' 21 cm diameter

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series footed bowl, series ware, 'Orlando' 10 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series footed bowl, series ware, 'Katharine' 11 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series twin handled vase, series ware, 'Romeo' 16 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series 3 jugs, series ware, 'Shylock, Katharine, Rosalind' 14.5 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series twin handled vase, series ware, 'Falstaff' 13 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series lidded sugar pot, series ware, ‘Juliet’ 12 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series teapot, series ware, ‘Rosalind’ 20 cm handle to spout

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series pair candlesticks, series ware, ‘Katharine, Juliet’ 17 cm high approx.

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series bowl, series ware, ‘Falstaff’ 10 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series tapered jug, series ware, ‘Ophelia’ 22 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series bowl, series ware, ‘Orlando’ 8 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series salad bowl, series ware, ‘Anne Page’ 18.5 cm diameter

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series salad bowl series ware, 'Falstaff' 18.5 cm diameter

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series vase series ware, 'Falstaff' 20 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series teapot series ware, 'Portia' 20 cm handle to spout

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series vase series ware, 'Juliet' 10.5 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series plant pot series ware, 'Orlando' 12.5 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series rose bowl series ware, bone china 'Romeo' 10 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series soap dish series ware, 'Wolsey' 10 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series 2 small vases series ware, 'Orlando, Orlando' 15 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series jam pot series ware, 'Juliet' 12 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series hat pin holder series ware, 'Rosalind' 14 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series teapot series ware, 'Ophelia' 25 cm handle to spout

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series teapot series ware, 'Juliet' 23 cm handle to spout

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series jardiniere series ware, 'Falstaff', 17.5 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series large jardiniere series ware, 'Katharine' 26 cm high, 31 cm diameter

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series 3 teapot stands, series ware, 'Anne Page, Hamlet, Wolsey' 16.5 cm diameter

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series beaker, series ware, 'Juliet' 9 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series mini vase, series ware, 'Orlando' 7.5 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series candlestick, series ware, 'Romeo' bone china, restored, 15 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series teapot, series ware, 'Katharine' 25 cm handle to spout

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series teapot, series ware, 'Rosalind' 23 cm handle to spout

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series tapered jug, series ware, 'Katharine' 18 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series lidded sugar bowl, series ware, 'Juliet' 11 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series two handled vase, series ware, 'Rosalind', bone china, 21 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series hot water jug, series ware, 'Romeo' 17 cm high

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series 5 bowls, series ware, 'Orlando, Wolsey, Juliet, Falstaff, Ophelia' 19 cm diameter

Royal Doulton Shakespeare series powder bowl, series ware, 'Ophelia' 18 cm wide

Two Royal Doulton commemorative writer cabinet plates, William Shakespeare & Robert Burns

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