About the history of Royal Doulton (per wikipedia.org) ...
The Royal Doulton Company began as a partnership between John Doulton, Martha Jones, and John Watts, with a factory at Vauxhall Walk, Lambeth, London. The business specialized in making stoneware articles, including decorative bottles and salt glaze sewer pipes. The company took the name Doulton in 1853.
By 1871, Henry Doulton, John's son, had launched a studio at the Lambeth pottery, and offered work to designers and artists from a local art school. Their names included the Barlow family (Florence, Hannah, and Arthur), Frank Butler, Mark Marshall, Eliza Simmance, and George Tinworth. Then in 1882, Doulton purchased the small factory of Pinder, Bourne & Co, at Nile Street in Burslem, Staffordshire, which placed Doulton in the region known as The Potteries where Doulton produced various forms of collectable pottery.
By this time Doulton had become one of the most popular brands of stoneware, ceramics, and other collectable pottery under the artistic direction of John Slater, who worked across a wide variety of figurines, vases, character jugs, and decorative pieces, many designed by the prolific and popular Leslie Harradine. Doulton products also came to the attention of the Royal family. In 1901 King Edward VII granted the Burslem factory the Royal Warrant, which allowed the business to adopt new markings and a new name, Royal Doulton. The company continued to add products during the first half of the 20th century while retaining its reputation as a prime manufacturer of fashionable and high-quality bone china and collectable pottery.
The Lambeth factory closed in 1956 due to new clean air regulations that prevented the production of salt glaze in the urban environment. Following closure, all work was transferred to The Potteries.
An exciting Royal Doulton event and exposition featuring the very finest in British collectable pottery is to take place at the Marriott Eagle Crest Resort in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
This preeminent international exposition, hosted by The Whitley Collection, is to take place July 17 - 19, 2009 and will feature an expansive roster of prestigious, international exhibitors featuring the finest in Royal Doulton, Moorcroft, and other masters of British art pottery design. Please click here to learn more about this amazing Royal Doulton event.
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