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 'Bayeux tapestry' bowl with a central medallion with Norman figures at war on horseback, surrounded by text 'Bayeux Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde, Harold Mevrt les armes a la maine'. Towards the rim of the plate are more sce

Royal Doulton 'Bayeax Tapestry' patterned fruit bowl. Diameter 23 cm

A Royal Doulton china small vase, square, 'Bayeux'. Height 6 cm

A Royal Doulton bone china coffee can, in the Bayeux Tapestry pattern, dated 192 cm

Royal Doulton figurine 'Tapestry Weaving' from the Gentle arts Services (certificate & box)

Royal Doulton Bayeux Tapestry Series Ware jug, depicting the Battle of Hastings. Height 12.7 cm

A Royal Doulton wide cylinder vase in the 'Bayeux Tapestry' pattern, various warring historical figures, some on horseback, bulbous base with various animal and bird detail. Some crazing. Diameter 13 cm, height 12.5 cm

Doulton Lambeth stoneware jardiniere. Tapestry style floral decoration. Marked 'Flx2438' to base. Height 18 cm

Royal Doulton figurine, 1986, limited edition 'Tapestry' 75/750 with certificate

Doulton Slater baluster shaped colbalt blue lace tapestry vase, circa 1900. Height 270 mm