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 'Treasure Island Jug' designed by Charles Noke, limited edition 215/600 with original certificate. 20 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson' jug, decorated in relief with Long John Silver and other characters from Stevenson's writing, Limited edition No. 249/600. Height 19 cm

A Royal Doulton figurine, 'Long John Silver' from the novel 'Treasure Island', designed by M. Nicoll, introduced 1957, withdrawn 1965, HN2204, printed mark. Height 23 cm

Royal Doulton limited edition 'Treasure Island' jug. #79/600. Charles J Noke signed certificate available. Provenance: John Shorter collection. Hand written label attached to base. Height 19.5 cm

Royal Doulton charger, 'Treasure Island' Series. Long John Silver

A Royal Doulton 'Treasure Island' jug, by Charles Noke, edition 79 of 600, together with certificate. Height 20 cm