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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Doulton Burslem vase, with floral and gilt decoration, modeled for Herbert Betterley, circa 1898-1899, height 28 cm approx

Doulton Burslem vase, with floral decorations, hand painted by C. Hart, 35 cm high approx

Doulton Burslem, A 'Rose and Waratah' transfer pattern part dinner set, 19th Century, comprising three oval paltters, two lidded tureens and two spare lids, Stamped Doulton Burslem England, Anthony Hordon & Sons, Haymarket Sydney

Doulton & Co, Burslem, an Australian Federation 1901 Commemorative Ware jardiniere, printed with a profile portrait of Queen Victoria in a wreath framed by two British soldiers, the Duke and Duchess of York, Earl of Hopetoun and Sir Henry Parkes, decor

Doulton Burslem, a commemorative jug and two pots, 'Australian Federation 1901', Stamped Doulton Burslem, England, the jug 17.5 cm high, the pots 13 cm high

Doulton Burslem, 'Rose and Waratah' transfer pattern tabelware, 19th Century, comprising two lided tureens, stamped Doulton Burslem England, Anthony Hordon & Sons, Haymarket Sydney

Doulton Burslem Louis Bilton, three Australian wild flower plates, late 19th century 'Wattle', 'Purple Acacia', 'Unnamed from Manly Beach, stamped Doulton Burslem England and titled on base, signed L.Bilton on the fronts, 23 cm diameter

A rare Doulton Burslem lustre vase, Edward Raby, circa 1895-1900, decorated with a poppie motif on a pink ground with gilt accents, signed E. Raby, 22.5 cm high

A large Doulton Burslem dragon bottle vase by S.Wilson, late 19th century, with signature of S Wilson to lower body, an impressive Spanish Ware vase decorated with a profusion of lotus and other flowers in delicate watercolour style pastel colours with rai

Large Doulton Burslem twin handle lidded pot, pattern: Iris, height 43 cm approx (as inspected)

Doulton Burslem long stem vase plain cylindrical painted with blackberry vine signed W Slater 29 cm

Royal Doulton flambe vase by Noke of balaster squat shape, decorated with a rural scene. Signed 'Noke' to the base, & with a stamp 'Doulton Burslem & Co. 7788'. Condition: good, minor wear to the base. Height 19 cm

A Royal Doulton Burslem Porcelain vase with Florentine design. Circa 1900. 19 cm high.

A Doulton Burslem signed rose cabinet plate, circa 1887., with signature of L Bilton (Louis), the scallop edged plate with a fine trailing gilt floral border, delicately painted with a loose spray of pink dog rose and other blooms, signed to image, backsta

Royal Doulton Burslem squat vase, with ancient Roman design, 15.5 cm high approx

A 'Chang' vase by Charles Noke and Harry Nixon for Doulton Burslem, circa 1925, 21 cm high

A 'Chang' vase by Charles Noke and Harry Nixon for Doulton Burslem, circa 1925, 27 cm high. Provenance: Richard Dennis, Doulton Pottery exhibition part II, 1975, exhibition item 394

Doulton Burslem legal head match striker, with monogram for 'The Inns of Court Hotel London Ltd', 6.5 cm high approx.

Doulton Burslem ewer hand decorated, 15 cm high approx.

A large Doulton Burslem style glazed vase, 19th century, 60 cm high

George White for Royal Doulton, large and impressive vase of ovoid form, hand painted with three females in diaphanous clothing being serenaded by a young man playing the aulos. The scene set in a classical garden landscape with waterfall and trees., signe

A Doulton Burslem graduated set of three serving platters, smallest platter has discolouration

Doulton Burslem water jug, Kew pattern, C:1900. 25 cm high.

A signed Doulton Burslem vase, 1891-1902 period, with signature of Hancock, probably Joseph, the ovoid vase with a petite waisted neck, with continuous decoration of red and white cattle in a subtle sage and olive toned landscape setting, signed to the bod

Two Victorian Doulton Burslem Flow blue vases, later 19th century, the similarly shaped and decorated amphorae with curvaceous handles and trumpet necks, brocaded with gold upon cobalt, the bodies each with sprays of iris blooms and foliage upon a gold spo

Four late Vctorian Doulton Burslem dessert plates, after 1891, the plates with moulded rococo inspired rims decorated with sprays of lemon enamel flowers and ochre foliage, centred with loose arrangements of wild poppies in russet tones; with brown backsta

Two Doulton Burslem tureens. 1891-1902, 'Woodland' pattern, the large and small tureens, both of compressed oval and lobed form with foliate bracket handles and a twig form finial to the lid, decorated throughout with a deep emerald green woodland

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

Doulton Burslem 'Willow' pattern bowl 22 cm diameter approx. stained crazing to interior & base

Large Doulton Burslem Art Nouveau water jug 26.5 cm high approx.

Doulton Burslem handpainted jug, with floral decoration and character head to the spout, small chips, 16 cm high

Charles Noke and Harry Nixon for Doulton Burslem, Chang Vase, c. 1925, decorated with a thick lave crusting of white with tones of blue and red flambe, painted marks to base, restoration to base, height 29.5 cm

Charles Noke and Harry Nixon for Doulton Burslem, Chang Vase, c. 1925, decorated with a thick lave crusting of white with tones of blue and red flambe, painted marks to base, height 29.5 cm

A C.J. Noke for Royal Doulton monochrome figure of Ellen Terry as Queen Catherine, Burslem c. 1890

A C.J. Noke for Royal Doulton monochrome figure of Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey, Burslem c. 1890 24 cm high

Antique Burslem Doulton salad bowl and servers with floral decoration and silver plated rim, diameter 27 cm approx

Victorian Doulton Burslem shallow biscuit barrel with silver plated lid, collar and handle, 13.5 cm high approx

Six antique Doulton Burslem hand-painted cups and saucers