Royal Doulton

Founded in the 19th century as a producer of ceramic drainpipes, water filters and sanitary wares, Doulton expanded into the field of decorative ceramics, first from its Lambeth factory and then later from Burslem in the Staffordshire potteries. The factory became known as Royal Doulton after it received the Royal warrant at the turn of the 19th/20th century.

Still producing tableware, figures and other ornamental pieces, over the centuries it has employed some of the best known names in art pottery from George Tinworth and Hannah Barlow to Charles Noke and Leslie Harradine.


Royal Doulton Guy Fawkes figure with a difference

19 February 2024

The Royal Doulton figure Guy Fawkes designed by Charles Noke was issued as HN98 from 1918.


Lalique and Doulton star in Florida saleroom

12 February 2024

A small 8in cast bronze relief or architectural element c.1900 designed by Art Nouveau and Art Deco master René Lalique was offered in Florida.


Bidders on the alert to spot a Doulton Sentinel

08 January 2024

In the early years of the HN collection in the 1920s several companies commissioned Doulton figures to advertise their products.


Doulton genius from Tinworth and Noke comes to Florida auction

20 November 2023

Works by the Doulton dominate the two-day British Ceramics and Pottery Auction at Lion and Unicorn in Hollywood, Florida.


No, it’s not a Wally Bird...

25 September 2023

Anthropomorphic bird jars are typically associated with the work of the Martin Brothers in Southall, London.


Doulton jug does its Nelson duty

28 August 2023

The salt-glazed portrait jug of Nelson by Doulton & Watts of Lambeth is considered the first character jug made by Doulton


Desirable Doulton: inkwells and ashtray

28 August 2023

The most eagerly contested lot in a recent sale at Potteries Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) was a Doulton stoneware Isobath inkwell.


Rare Royal Doulton Spook figure emerges at Hollywood sale

21 August 2023

Not to be confused with the modern limited edition toby jugs of the same name, the Royal Doulton figure Spook is among the most desirable models in all the HN series.

Royal Doulton bird jar

Royal Doulton bird jar stars in our pick of five auction highlights

11 August 2023

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a bird jar reminiscent of the Martin Brothers original designs but made by Royal Doulton.


Doulton delights packed in floor to ceiling

03 June 2023

A remarkable Nautilus Clock sold for £7000 when Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) offered the first part of the Ann Turner collection of Doulton pottery.


Pick of the week: Keen as mustard on a Lambeth rarity

15 May 2023

In January this year three photos of a salt glaze stoneware jar appeared on the Facebook feed of the Oxfordshire Antique Bottle Collecting Club.


Tinworth’s take on the famous Polito’s Menagerie

20 March 2023

The most ambitious of all of the George Tinworth (1843-1913) mouse groups is the 10in (25cm) high clock case


Musician's Doulton Lambeth collection comes to Essex auction

20 March 2023

On May 16 Sworders is offering the first tranche of a fine collection of Doulton Lambeth ceramics.


Marvellous Marshall vase emerges at Thomson Roddick

20 March 2023

At his best Mark V Marshall can give his one-time employer Robert Wallace Martin a run for his money


‘Akin to living in a private museum’

06 February 2023

Wife describes how collector husband Chris Hancock’s latest artworks had to fight for space in a family home


A Doulton Lambeth ceramic and a Victorian cake stand are among six lots to watch

07 November 2022

With estimates from £200-3500, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.


How to figure out the two-tier market for Doulton HN series

31 October 2022

A selection of Doulton HN series rarities sold at three regional salerooms this month.


Fresh wave of demand on the cards

08 August 2022

Overseas interest in tribal art and Doulton Lambeth wares fuelled the higher prices at Cuttlestones’ (20% buyer’s premium) Penkridge sale but it was a new outbreak of cardomania which raised temperatures of collectors across England.

Royal Doulton figure of Sir Winston Churchill

Single-owner collection of Winston Churchill memorabilia offered in Newbury

30 July 2022

Special Auction Services is holding an auction in Newbury on August 9-10 that will feature the first part of a single-owner collection of Winston Churchill memorabilia.

Bunnykins group

Bunnykins figures set Doulton record

18 July 2022

A new record for a Royal Doulton figure has been set in Stoke-on-Trent.