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 rare Doulton Rembrandt Ware Arts & Crafts vase, c.1890, hand painted with a portrait of Oliver Cromwell and a wide band of three galleons under sail with 'Protector of the Commonwealth' painted above the earthenware, blue and golden tones conforming with

A Doulton 'Rembrandt' ware tall ovoid vase, decorated with a portrait medallion and inscribed 'Le Guide' along with a quote in an encircling band 'Some Are Born Great'. Olive and dark caramel glazes. Small glaze frits to rim and base. Height 34 cm

A large and impressive Doulton Burslem 'Rembrandt' ware vase, painted by Walter Nunn (act. 1897 - 1910), of squat spherical shape with short cylindrical neck, decorated with a portrait of Oliver Cromwell, a band encircles the shoulder inscribed: 'Our Conte

A Doulton Rembrandt Ware vase, circa 1900, painted with a portrait of a young artist, the body incised with swirling feather, Doulton patent mark, 23 cm high

Royal Doulton 'Rembrandt' Ware vase, the body decorated with a portrait of Edward VI, repeated outlines of the lion rampant and the collar with motto 'He Whom the Gods love Die young', signed W. Nunn and inscribed 'Doulton' to base.