DOULTON THE BEGINNINGS OF
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 £100 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 left
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.
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.
THE ROYAL PART ABOUT DOULTON
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.
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,
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 being 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.
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.
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