"In their view, we Londoners know little about God, and nothing
Royal Doulton's rise from London makers of domestic stonewares
to an internationally-recognised Staffordshire Potteries brand,
could scarcely have been predicted in 1877 when the Lambeth concern
arrived in Burslem and Henry Doulton made his often-quoted
That it happened owes much to the birth of its two most enduring
lines - the character figure and the character jug - and the
impetus they gave to these great traditions of Staffordshire
The key figure in the story of Doulton's 'Burslem' studio is
Charles Noke. He had spent 15 years at the Royal Worcester factory
before he became chief modeller at Doulton in 1889 where he
remained the dominant creative force for half a century.
by Roland Arkell
From the ATG Archive
23 October 2012
In a marketplace seriously in need of entry-level collectors, the great majority of Royal Doulton character jugs and HN series figures are worth under £100 – and most of them less than £30 when sold without reserve at auction.
02 April 2011
Doulton wares have been produced for getting on for 150 years and cover a huge range of different products, not all of them fashionable.
08 October 2011
As ever, there was a large amount of Doulton Lambeth on offer at Bonhams’ latest Ceramics Design sale.
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17 October 2013
The August 1908 issue of Votes for Women, house magazine of the Women’s Social and Political Union describes ‘the latest novelty in the Union colours – a special belt and buckle, which is being sold at half-a-crown each’.
18 January 2013
The fact that businessman Ken Manley chose to name his Scottish Grand National winning racehorse Moorcroft Boy provides a clue as to his favourite potter.
23 September 2013
There are promising signs for the future of the Wedgwood Museum thanks to planning approval given to redevelop the site where it is based near Stoke-on-Trent.
07 July 2012
Flick through the pages of an issue of ATG in the 1980s and there are many references to the rising market for Royal Doulton character jugs.
15 April 2013
Among the most elusive of all Royal Doulton HN series figures is the curious model of a winged cherub astride a crocodilian known simply as ‘Boy on a Crocodile’.
27 June 2012
The attractions of variations from run-of-the-mill ceramics extends to all factories, and the recent sale of a Royal Doulton 'Nelson' jug showed how the presence of a rare backstamp mark can increase the value of an item 100 times over.