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 Stoneware cylindrical vase with applied Maori tiki motif panels, 16 cm high

Royal Doulton stoneware vase, with Nasturtium decoration, 32.5 cm high approx.

A Royal Doulton Stoneware 'Foliage Ware' vase, with floral relief design. Impressed marks, pattern number X8786B 15533 and initials 'M.B' to base, circa 1930. Height 23 cm.

Pair Doulton Stoneware vases inverted baluster bodies painted with Art Nouveau floral frieze, mauve ground

A pair of Royal Doulton stoneware vases with incised horse decoration, early 20th century, by Hannah and Florence Barlow, stamped Royal Doulton England, monogrammed Hannah and Florence Barlow, 15 cm high

A Royal Doulton stoneware vase with incised sheep decoration, early 20th century, by Hannah and Florence Barlow, stamped Royal Doulton England, Eb, monogrammed Hannah and Florence Barlow, 38 cm high

An important exhibition quality Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase decorated with cassowaries, late 19th century, by Florence Barlow, stamped Doulton Lambeth England, Fcp, monogrammed Florence Barlow, 72 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase, circa 1887, by Hannah and Florence Barlow, incised Doulton Lambeth 1887, monogrammed Florence and Hannah Barlow, 45 cm high

Doulton Lambeth stoneware bird vase, circa 1885, by Florence and Hannah Barlow, stamped Doulton Lambeth, 1885, monogrammed Florence and Hannah Barlow & Mary Thomson, 46 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase with female portrait, circa 1883, by Edward Dunn and Mary Thomson, stamped Doulton Lambeth 1883, monogrammed Edward Dunn and Mary Thomsom, artwork signed lower centre D.E. 1883, 29 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase, circa 1888, by Eliza Simmance, stamped Doulton Lambeth 1888, monogrammed Eliza Simmance, 33 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware flamingo patterned vase, circa 1883, by Florence and Lucy Barlow, stamped Doulton Lambeth 1883, monogrammed Florence and Lucy Barlow, 29 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase incised with horses and cattle, late 19th century, by Hannah and Florence Barlow, stamped Doulton Lambeth England, monogrammed Hannah and Florence Barlow, 26.5 cm high

A Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase with incised horse decoration, circa 1886, by Hannah Barlow, stamped Doulton Lambeth 1886, C.L., monogrammed Hannah Barlow, 25 cm high

Royal Doulton stoneware Eliza Simmons vase, with impressed artist's and factory marks to base, circa 1925, 29 cm high approx

A large Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase by Frank Butler, circa 1900, incised artist monogram and impressed marks, 54 cm high

Two pairs of Doulton Lambeth stoneware vases by Ethel Beard and Florrie Jones, the larger silicon Ware with flower motifs, the other pair with stylised satin glaze, 31 and 21 cm high (4)

Two large and impressive Doulton Lambeth stoneware vases by Frank Butler 'Foliate & Flower' in high relief and 'Stylised Tulip & Geometric', circa 1890, each design on a midnight blue and green glaze grounds, 31 and 38 cm high (2)

Two large and impressive Doulton Lambeth stoneware vases by Frank Butler 'Foliate' and 'Stylised Tulip & Geometric', circa 1890, each design on a midnight blue glaze ground, 40 and 37.5 cm high (2)

A large Doulton Lambeth stoneware 'Seaweed' vase lamp base by George Tinworth, circa 1880, of baluster form with beaded spiralling seaweed design, 36 cm high

A fine pair of Doulton Lambeth Saltglazed stoneware vases, 1891 after, with mark of Frank Butler, the tall slender ovoid vases, tubelined, beaded and moriage decorated with bold scrolling vegetal forms in brown, cream, blue grey and olive green colours upo

Pair of Royal Doulton stoneware vases, circa 1900, signed E W ,marks to base, 33 cm high apprx

A large Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase by Hannah Barlow, circa 1890, incised artist monogram and impressed marks, 42 cm high

A large Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase by Frank Butler and Hannah Barlow, dated 1887, incised artists monograms and impressed marks, 47.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton Lambeth vase, Hannah Barlow (1851-1916) vase of buff-coloured stoneware covered with two white and sgraffito goat central panels decorations, painted in blue and white, Lambeth Art pottery, London, England, dated 1877. Marks and inscription

A Doulton Lambeth Slater's patent stoneware vase (AF), with a royal blue background and gilt and white enamelling. Appears to have part of neck removed. Height 27 cm

Pair of Doulton Lambeth stoneware vases c.1890 (one A/F)

A pair of Royal Doulton salt glazed stoneware vases, after 1922, with potter's marks for probably a Leslie Harradine, the baluster vases with trumpet necks and a mottled blue to amber glaze to the neck, collar and base enclosing a broad amber frieze wi

A pair of Royal Doulton Slaters patent stoneware vases, later 19th century, with potter's monogram for Isabella Miller, the large faience style baluster vases with trumpet necks and waisted bases, in rich amber and tan mottled tones having a broad frie

A Royal Doulton Art Nouveau stoneware vase by Eliza Simmance, c.1890 Doulton mark impressed to base, incised 'SE' 'Hk' '532' 24 cm high

Art Nouveau Royal Doulton stoneware vase 25.5 cm high

A Royal Doulton Stoneware vase with relief decoration, impressed marks to base.

Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase decorated with flowers, impressed Doulton Lambeth mark to base. Height 12.5 cm

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