Category: Ceramics & Glass (Page 1 of 2)




My Doulton pieces

Hi Readers I hope all are safe and well and ready for another blog this article is on the Beginnings of Royal Doulton that started in England in 1815, A gentleman by the name of John Doulton, soon after John Doulton had completed his apprenticeship as a potter, he invested his life savings of ยฃ100 and had partnered up with a Miss Martha jones and John watts.

They opened their first factory together in 1815 and was named Jones watts & Doulton and this partnership between the three continued until 1820 when Miss jones leftRarer White Doulton Bulldog Collectables

At the time the factory was making stoneware pieces like bottles for chemicals, beer, and other industrial liquids among others.and even made pieces like other factories for the English sewer system,

it wasn’t until late 1853 when John Watts came forward with he’s announcement of retirement and in 1853 the companies trade name changed to Doulton & Co. John had the main percentage of the business and started to give it a new lease of life.

Henry Doulton

John Doulton had a son that when old enough went to work at the factory, Named Henry , in 1846, Henry had set up an independent Lambeth Pottery which had become the leader in industrial products,



particularly sanitation products. Following the retirement of John Watts in 1853 John and Watts merged with Henry’s company to become Doulton and Company and was highly recognised for its lines of hand decorated figurines vases and dinnerware

Henry had the idea to invite select students from the Lambeth school of arts and invited them to come and learn at the factory too.

Research states that other artists followed suit and for your reference those were, Eliza Simmance. Frank Butler, Mark Marshall Barlow family (Florence, Hannah, and Arthur), and George Tinworth to name but a few fit that period of time.

The best pottery houses back then were not found in London they served the capital with amazing ceramics but the heart of pottery back then was in a county called Staffordshire, Wanting to be seen as part of this world John went up to see what if he could give Doulton & Co a new lease in Staffordshire.

In 1882, Doulton purchased the small factory of Pinder, Bourne & Co, and finally had he’s own premises which placed he’s business in the region known as The Potteries and the start of a great future.


Doultons lots a doulton

Not as rare as folks say

As time moved on Henry had passed day to day workings on to a gent called John Slater whom was working with a designer called Leslie Herradine whom was prolific and loved making vases, character jugs, and decorative pieces, it was this artists skills that caught the eye of king Edward v1 and then gaining what’s called the royal warrant.

Henry was made a sir not long after and allowing he’s business to adopt new markings and a new name, Royal Doulton. The company added products during the first half of the 20th century while manufacturing fashionable and high-quality bone china and new concept pieces using different forms of glaze etc.

The company continued trading until when it closed due to clean air regulations preventing urban production of salt glaze. Following closure, work was transferred to over to the potteries in Staffordshire,

with the original building demolished in 1978, research states that some of the building was saved as a famous architect had designed it and Gilbert Baize had creating friezes that were taken down prior the demolished building and placed in a museum.


Set of 3 White Doulton Bulldogs

Read links to find out why they came in threes

If you look under many pieces you find the stamp or the letters H and N, HN is named after a gentleman called Harry Nixon whom worked for them (1886-1955), he was the head of the painting department who joined Doulton in 1900. Since he arrived many pieces now include his HN and number, so now I pass you over to relatable links to finish the story on Royal Doulton from the bulldog pottery point of view

please remember that Royal Doulton are one of the exceptions of England’s past ceramics history and one of the few factories to make as many figurines as they have, below the links I will add a picture of all the pieces that royal doulton have made and this is just bulldogs.

I will not give any of my friends details but I’ve had permission to show what he’s collecting before and is a true hardcore collector of Doulton bulldogs,

Its True

I’ve known the background for a while now and respectively do not right people that think they know the history of of this most english of makers but I’m afraid Royal Doulton is no more and is now part of a holding parnership. The other two beingย ย Royal Albert and Mintons. These brands are now owned by WWRD Holdings Ltd (Waterford Crystal, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton), based in Barlaston near Stoke-on-Trent.

Royal Doulton is still world famous it has its massive following big money still changes hands and you can even find them online but if you read the small print you will see they are part of a bigger group now.


More about bulldog ceramics

Skyfall bulldog

A bit of fun

What collector are you


Here’s what I’ve amassed


A fellow collectors collection


The best way to learn about the history , price and relevance of is to research the company from top to bottom, the stamps used varied and 1815 -2005 when the orange and white one came out is a long time and many stamps for many pieces were used, I do enjoy the stories I hear about this company from overs that have only looked up a bulldog or two yet it’s me that learns from them as I go on a research campaign.

The Royal Doulton book comes out annually I think and there’s also a book price edition which keeps supply and demand high, it’s lovely when folks find a Doulton bulldog it must be like striking gold as I remember when I got my first piece, I hope you enjoyed the blog and continue on to the others to finish the story of Doulton from England.

Until next time stay safe be good to each other and happy collecting folks.

Favour to a special friend

Can I just say it’s always an honour when I mention Mr Norman Davis one of the worlds best judges show breeder champion breeder and an all round good man, Grandog as I call him wrote an auto biography last year and is a must read.

You can find this amazing story on amazon or go through me and I will see if I can get a signed copy, either way for the price of many other not so good reads you can buy a book that takes you from WW2 to the present day through the man whom loves ice cream lol, Collectibulldogs definitely endorses this book as a great read.

Brilliant read

Brilliant read


Gallery of All Ceramic & Glass

Here is the link to the Ceramic & Glass gallery.

Please be aware that it is very large and may take a minute or so to load, so please be paitent.

It is well worth the wait!

Click here to view the gallery.


Crested Ware Bulldogs

Below is a vast selection of crested ware bulldogs and kennels theres a whole collecting field of these pieces and i would suggest using this link to see more of these popular collectors items and info regarding its start in the late 1800s by the company goss.

Will replace with better pics asap.





This factory first came to be in the early 1750s after two scientists persuaded a group of gentleman to invest in a new way of producing ceramics the money went partly to buy a factory and they named themselves The Worcester Tonquin Manufactory.

This ran till the 1870s when along came Thomas flight whom bought the factory and ran it with two sons.

In 1788 George the Third warrented the company after a visit to make it the royal porcelain works, other warrants included are 1807 by the then Prince of Wales and also again in 1808 by the then Princess of Wales.

Royal Worcester has had its good and bad periods and also great artists worked for this company like Charles Baldwin and a peoples favourite Christopher Dresser but I know them best for the artist Doris Linder whom designed the bulldog for mack trucks and is today one of a collectors best pieces regardless of price.

Royal Worcester went down in 2008 and was bought out by another company whom I believe bought the name and brand rights and are on the Royal Worcester website today as portmeirion which I believe still owns the name and churns out modern Royal Worcester pieces, I have found minis of Royal Worcester but not others yet.




I have learned that Royal Crown Derby was first established in the 1750s and before becoming Royal Crown in 1890 was known as Derby Porcelain.

This company was world renowned for the high quality ceramics it produced and like many other specialised in table ware and moving on after to ornaments.

It was Queen Victoria that chose Royal Crown Derby to manufacture for her majesty hence their royal warrant, they stayed as this as recently as the 1960s and then partnered with Royal doulton up until 2000 when past owners bought out the doulton shares, to once again have Royal Crown Derby working for its own name which it still does with the trade mark over the top gold gilding and precise hand painting on the pieces.

Other than a few, I have not found many bulldogs from Royal Crown Derby but they are a very interesting factory to read about if you ever have five minutes and the story will take you back to when an Andre Planche moved from Saxony to Derby and set of this now second oldest English porcelain factory.




The history of the bulldog in this company can be dated back to 1917 and these are depicted by the tam o shanter piece or the tin hat air raid bulldog you can even find a bulldog seated below the famous Royal Doulton balloon lady.

Royal Doulton was and still is patriotic from pieces of old dating back to the two wars and also with the 007 franchise with skyfall and now spectre the latest film that shows jack the bulldogs come back as a scared up unbreakable piece that is now available for sale.

Other pieces have been made through the years thanks to John Nokes and Fredarick Dawes.

Royal Doulton still operate and have a factory in Thailand and also still commission out pieces to makers like UK CERAMICS that made the bowler hat union jack seated bulldog.

These are great investment pieces and brighten up any display case but note the rarer are hard to find and can command very high prices due to popularity and lack of supply with the most illusive being a lustre ware pot with Royal Doultons HN881 seated on top, if found its so rare it doesn’t have a book price.



The first mainstream collectible glass bulldogs are the famous Westmoreland glass bulldogs the early pieces had no markings and were made no bigger than 2 to 3 inches in height, except for the more specialised larger glass door stop pieces that came with rhinestone eyes, these pieces started to become popular in the 1920s with the introduction on colour and this in turn created other glass figurine makers from all over Europe to start their own pieces but the maker choosing to copy Westmoreland was a company called RUSSO.

So due to stiff competition the Westmoreland company started adding stickers to their pieces and adding a W mark to the pieces hip.

As this collectible become more popular another company sprang up called TIFFIN GLASS and they produced pieces during the depression of the 20s through to the 40s and could be found by looking at where the buckle had been placed on the piece as it was the other side to the Westmoreland pieces.

These days there are many famous glass makers and artists renound in this field and makers like Lalic Bacarrat and Murano are just a few of the best glass artists in the world and even artists such as Neil Harris here in England can now make a great glass piece at affordable costs and even moved on to bulldog glass pendants and tie pins.

As for investment good glass pieces that are signed or custom made can hold their own value if looked after properly and I would suggest any comical pieces are just bought out of love for collecting or for fun.




This world famous company first started trading in the 1770S and the factory had started life out as a post office before being converted by the first owner frantz heinrich muller, whom was not an artisan but a chemist instead.

It was the love of chinese ceramics mainly the blue and white that ended up with r\c serving the danish royal family.

With custom dinner services and other such ceramics with the two main colours, the company became very popular all over the world and had a great foothold on many aspects of the ceramic world for many a decade, producing some of the greatest pieces I have come across in my search for the best.

Tthe company was sold as recently as 2012, the new company still makes items but is now based like many others in Thailand.




The company was founded in 1814 by Carolus Magnus Hutschenreuther in Hohenberg Bavaria Germany.

He had previously worked at factory in lichte. After his death in 1845, the factory was run by his widow Johanna Hutschenreuther and her two sons.
From 1860, they produced hand-painted gilded porcelains.

A large part of the factory was destroyed by a fire in 1848, but it was rebuilt.
In 1857 the world famous son went ahead and bought premises in Selby.
They expanded from 1902 to 1969 and were renamed Porzellanfabriken Lorenz Hutschenreuther AG Selb (Lorenz Hutschenreuther Porcelain Factories Company, Selb).

Lorenz went on to acquire other pottery houses making this a big business and attracted famous artists through its doors like Karl Tutter whom known for he’s mastery at creating cherub and Angel pieces also made the occasional animal piece and made a couple of bulldog variations.

Hutschenreuther also made bulldogs but as they were more mass produced the quality wasn’t of a high standard but did make many a beautiful bespoke piece.

The best pieces to come from this company were usually made by guest artists for the company.





The beswick pottery house was a family run business and was founded in 1892 by the father james beswick, we all know the famous son more john beswick whom designed many pieces including the beswick pups and what is now the seated fawn and white royal doulton bulldog.

The family did very well making a name for them selves in the collectables market and had a great run till they sold the beswick brand to royal doulton in 2004, so far I have found the pups the buson the champ and the sailor by the pond im not sure if beswick made others but I know the sailor piece is the rarest of these pieces.

Beswick pieces are a great starting point for collectors they are of an affordable price and display very well.


Page 1 of 2

Site by The Remote IT Pro

error: Alert: Content is protected !!
%d bloggers like this: