“THE COMPANY REALLY DOES HAVE AN INTRIGUING HISTORY AND I'M CONFIDENT THAT IT ALSO HAS A LONG AND EXCITING FUTURE AHEAD.”
THE ROYAL DOULTON
The Royal Doulton story began in 1815, the same year as the battle of Waterloo. John Doulton was asked by Martha Jones to join her small pottery on the banks of the River Thames in London. Martha, a widow, needed a business partner to join herself and her foreman John Watts; John Doulton, already a talented potter was perfect for the job. He invested his life savings of £100 into the business and the Doulton & Watts pottery was born.
The factory specialised in manufacturing salt-glaze and stoneware ceramics, stone jars, bottles and flasks. In 1935 Henry Doulton joined the firm and it flourished due to Henry’s role in the ‘sanitary revolution’ – pioneering the general use of stoneware drain pipes and water filters to improve living conditions.
An innovator of his day, Henry came up with several ingenious ways of engineering and manufacturing the pipes and other stoneware items that made Doulton & Watts world-class experts in the field. Their wares were exhibited at the Great Exhibition held in London’s Hyde Park in 1851.
In 1854 John Watts retired from the business and it became known as Doulton & Company. In 1860 the business diversified further, after Henry was persuaded to work with pupils from the neighbouring Lambeth School of Art by his friend John Sparkes, a move that would form the company we know and love today.
What followed was a long and fruitful relationship, resulting in the employment of many of the school’s art graduates including George Tinworth and Hannah Barlow. The pieces they created at Doulton & Company were the polar opposite of the industrial pieces the firm had previously been known for. They were delicately modelled, brightly coloured, exquisitely decorated and won hearts all over the globe.
One notable fan was Queen Victoria who knighted Henry Doulton in 1887 for his services to ceramics and the advancement of ceramic art. In 1901, four years after Henry’s death, Edward VII granted Doulton to add the ‘Royal’ to their name.
In the years following, many changes have been made yet the brand continues to focus on design innovation and working with talented design partners to create truly wonderful products.
The prestige pieces created to celebrate 200 years of Royal Doulton are testament to just that. Featuring the artistic endeavours of world-class sculptors and master painters, each of the pieces depicts a significant historic event from 1815. The collection is made up of three pieces; a remarkably detailed figure of King George III, a stunning Duke of Wellington and his favourite mount, Copenhagen at the Battle of Waterloo and finally The Lion’s Mound.
Inspired by the brand’s London origins the new Royal Doulton embraces the urban culture and eclectic style of the city, appealing to design conscious consumers. The new products encourage self-expression and are designed to give consumers everything they need to create a relaxed and sociable home. Royal Doulton’s mission is to create good quality, contemporary designs, that add enjoyment to everyday life – a clean look with that something extra to really stand out from the crowd.