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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A Royal Doulton Maori art demitasse, the red and black Kowhaiwhai design on white ground, factory stamps to the base, height 5 cm

A Royal Doulton Maori decorated salt glaze stoneware jug, ovoid form, the four stylised masks with encircling band above and stylised panels below all in relief in a deep olive green glaze, the body of mid-tan tone with fine salt glaze finish. Impressed ma

Seven Royal Doulton 'Maori Art' tea ware pieces, includes two cups, hairline cracks, three saucers, one with chip and two plates.

Royal Doulton Maori art, side plate, hand painted with a Kowhaiwhai design in red and black on a yellow ground. Diameter 17.5 cm

Rare Royal Doulton Maori Art, oversize cup and saucer, hand painted with a kowhaiwhai design in red and black on a yellow ground

Royal Doulton. Stoneware jug, with relief Maori motif decorations in green. Height 12 cm. Diameter 11 cm

A Royal Doulton 'Maori Art' cake plate and side plate. Diameter of cake plate 22 cm

A Royal Doulton Maori Art tea set, comprising teapot, creamer, sugar, cake plate and six cups, saucers and plates.

A Royal Doulton Maori Art plate with transfer print of a woman and child in the centre of traditional Maori design borders, yellow ground. Width 26 cm

A Royal Doulton salt glaze 'Kia Ora' vase, with applied green Maori masks and spiral motifs to the tapering cylindrical body, the spreading foot with 'Kia Ora' plaques and spiral motifs. Tiny chip to rim. Impressed mark. Height 16 cm

A pair of Royal Doulton 'Maori Art' cups, saucers and plates, one cup with two hairline cracks

A pair of Royal Doulton 'Maori Art' cups, saucers and plates as above

A pair of Royal Doulton 'Maori Art' cups, saucers and plates, the cups of wide can form, decorated in a Maori rafter pattern, also adapted by Hamilton from traditional Maori kowhaiwhai designs and with gilt highlights, designed in 1907

A Royal Doulton stoneware 'Kia Ora' jardiniere, baluster form with a wide band of traditional relief hei tiki, Maori mask, various carving and 'Kia Ora' decoration, mid-blue and dark blue wide bands with decoration in brown with green and blue highlights.

An early 20th century Royal Doulton 'Maori Arts' side plate with traditional Maori design to the border in red/brown, black and white, gilt edge, printed marks to reverse. Diameter 16.6 cm

A Royal Doulton Stoneware Kia Ora decanter with original compressed stopper, the cylindrical body with swollen shoulder, the mottled brown glaze with raised blue glazed highlights of stylised Maori masks and carving. Height 24 cm

A Royal Doulton porcelain Maori Art red and black pattern cup with two saucers and plates, circa 1925. Note: small chip on cup

A Royal Doulton Maori Art cup, saucer and plate, the kowhaiwhai pattern on a white ground, the three pieces trimmed in gilt

Royal Doulton Kia Ora earthenware decanter, decorated with applied Maori motifs. Chip to neck near handle attachment. Height 25 cm

Royal Doulton stoneware Kia Ora jardiniere slightly ovoid form with Maori motifs applied in traditional blue, brown and green glazes 19 cm height, 20 cm dia