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 figure 'Primroses' designed by Leslie Harradine from the Harradine Classics series. HN1617. Condition: good, minor age related wear to the base. Height 16.5 cm

Royal Doulton Classics Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II HN4372, approx 609/1500, approx 22 cm high

Royal Doulton 'Classics' figurine 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' HN4486

A Royal Doulton character jug, 2003, 'Prince Philip of Spain' commemorative jug from the Royal Doulton Classics Series, number 386 from an edition of 1000, model D7189 marked underside. Height 18.5 cm

A Royal Doulton character jug, 2004, 'Queen Mary 1', commemorative jug from the Royal Doulton Classics Series, model D7188, marks underside. Height 18 cm