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A high relief vase possibly made at Burslem, sent by G.Hollville, France
. . . more


Mandarin ware from the jazz age, sent by David Brown . . . more


A 1930s bowl from Rob.
Can anyone identify this? . . . more


An Alice in Wonderland saucer from Sophie Brooks . . . more


A Naval Tyg from Scott Iroume-Smith
. . . more


Arthur Leslie Mullock from Colin Andrew
. . . more


Is this a Doulton cat? . . . more


Dr Scholls foot models from Kirk . . . more


A little known tile panel by Margaret E Thompson from Nick Hayes, London
. . . more


A large Jack and the Beanstalk plate from Wendy . . . more


A Mysterious Doulton symbol from Karen Brooks . . . more


A Chiné ware vase from Michelle Hillier, Perth, Australia . . . more


A rare Doulton shell from Chris Cotton
. . . more


An Anemones plate by Edward Raby
from Clive Gould . . . more


An 'Australian Views A' from Glen Brew (Tasmania) . . . more


A rare Tinworth mouse group from Logan Hunter . . . more


A 'Holbein' plaque from Mr PC (Australia) . . . more


LETTERS ARCHIVE

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————  Editorial  ————

2015 is the year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Doulton pottery. It was in 1815 that John Doulton, then aged 22 and having completed his apprenticeship at the Fulham Pottery and three years at a small pot house in Vauxhall, put his life savings of £100 into the Lambeth firm of Jones & Watts and added his name to those of the existing proprietors.

Over the years the enterprise flourished and John's son, Henry, joined the firm as an apprentice in 1835. Martha Jones had retired in 1820 and John Watts retired in 1854 whereupon the company became Doulton & Co under which name it continued to grow, particularly under the guidance of the entrepreneurial Henry, the first potter to be knighted (1887), and became so influential as to merit the Royal accolade in 1902.

The firm continued to adapt to the times and grow, also acquiring other potteries along the way until it became a large group of companies spanning all aspects of ceramics and with interests in many other manufactures.

But what goes up must, according to the laws of gravity, eventually come down. Over the last couple of decades we have seen this once mighty empire itself become the object of take-over and merger until it has all but lost its original identity, ceased production in the UK and, after many vicissitudes and bankruptcy, now finds itself taken over by Fiskars, a Finnish home products firm who also own Royal Copenhagen. It seems that as the world gets smaller, companies get bigger and tend to lose the individuality which made them interesting.

It is a pity that ceramics companies - and, indeed, most other companies - are now run by accountants and lawyers with their noses buried in balance sheets rather than by potters who, as John and Henry Doulton did, underwent a thorough apprenticeship and so understood the art and craft of pottery, developing new techniques and products thus ensuring the long-term success of their enterprises.

Barry Hill

Royal Doulton
and other factories

Taken from an article by Miranda Goodby, senior curator of ceramics at the Potteries Museum, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent and Chris Latimer, Stoke-on-Trent city archivist.

The majority of the archive is Minton factory material, but there is also a significant amount that relates to Royal Doulton and the factories that became part of the Royal Doulton Group of Companies through various takeovers, mergers and amalgamations. The Doulton material includes account books from 1854, when the company was still based in Lambeth, London, as well as pattern books, shape books, sketch books and designs by Doulton artists including Hannah Barlow, Charles Noke and Barbara Vernon, creator of the Bunnykins range.

There are also more than 150 pattern books and associated material from many of the former leading bone-china and earthenware firms of 19th and 20th century Staffordshire, such as Booths of Tunstall, E. Hughes of Fenton, Goss of Stoke, Adderley, Colclough, TC Wild and Paragon - all of Longton.

Some of the records, such as those of the Shelley factory, have already been used by researchers and authors, while others have scarcely been consulted. In many instances these pattern books in the archive are the only surviving paper records from certain factories. The davenport works, which once occupied seven factories in Stoke-on-Trent and employed more than 1000 people before it closed in 1887, is represented by eight pattern books in the archive.

In addition to the Royal Doulton records, the acquisition of this part of the archive with almost 20 factories represented, will greatly help us to understand many of the factories which have now gone but were once household names across the world, wherever Staffordshire pottery was bought and enjoyed.


Doulton Lambeth
whisky flask


This rare Doulton Lambeth whisky flask with a silver hinged cap was sold comfortably above estimate for £1950 recently at BBR Auctions in Elsecar, South Yorkshire.

Standing 7.25in (18.5 cm) tall it carried the applied lettering 'Sutherland/Grant, Mackay & Co/ Old Highland Whisky' with elaborate raised decoration.

From The Antiques Trade Gazette 11th April 2015


From Wolley & Wallis
Recent Sale

The Nick Rocke Collection
of British Art Pottery

Better than estimated prices for some Doulton pieces on 25th February 2015
. . . more



Comparative images of different Doulton wares with brief introductions.

COLLECTIONS will be expanded from time to time and other categories added.

If you would like to see other Doulton categories displayed, email our editor with your suggestions.

THIS MONTH'S FEATURED CATEGORY
Seriesware
Flowers: Nasturtiums


Recently at Bamfords
3-6 March 2015

Some good Doulton pieces at large 4-day sale . . . more


From Woolley & Wallis recent auction

Excellent works by named artists: Noke, Nixon, Simmance, Arthur Barlow and others.

A Royal Doulton Flambe vase by Harry Nixon, HN monogram 16cm. high.
Estimate: £1,000 - 1,500 . . . more




Three Royal Doulton 'book' whisky flasks,
housed unusually in an oak book rack, (each flask 7.8cm x 12.7cm)
appeared recently at Capes Dunn


Richard Garbe d. 1957


Richard Garbe's peak output was typically art deco. As well as statues, he produced a variety of ivory carvings, wood, and figurines for reproduction in ceramics by Doulton . . . more


August 2015

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Potteries Auctions
25th July 2015


Early Royal Doulton figure Falstaff HN575
Estimate £250.00 - £500.00

Collectors & General Auction
A very large sale of figurines, character jugs and Bunnykins . . .
catalogue


CHILDREN'S PANELS at

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON


Large Doulton Lambeth tile panels,
many signed by Margaret E Thompson, are still in place at the former children's ward of University College Hospital London, despite the building's changing role.

See 26 of the panels here


Margaret E Thompson

2010 Article Newly Revised


Barry Hill has revised Jocelyn Lukins' 2010 article on this talented artist in the light of more information and the rediscovery of her tile panels at the former children's ward of University College Hospital London.

. . . more


The editor asks ...

We are frequently reminded of the vulnerability of Doulton works and memorabilia since the company's demise in this country.

CD&B will continue to record threats to Doulton's long and proud history - such as the Burslem archives, the Havant tiles and the Nile Street gates - but we are dependant on our readers to help us safeguard the memory of this great British institution.

If you are aware of any potential loss to Doulton's heritage please send us your observations and comments.


HISTORIC ARCHIVES:

CRISIS TALKS TO SAVE

WEDGWOOD MUSEUM



SAVED Havant hospital
Doulton tiles on display

THE SPRING ARTS & HERITAGE CENTRE are pleased to announce that there is now a changing display of the restored tiles . . . details & link


Regeneration of Burslem

Recent articles in the Stoke Sentinel document the destruction of Doulton's heritage in the once famed pottery town of Burslem. But does anyone in Burselm read these articles? . . . more


As a tribute to the late Jocelyn Lukins we are reprinting her 2008 3-part article The Doultons at Lambeth . . . more


From Bellmans Auctioneers

A near complete collection of Royal Doulton loving cups and jugs came under the hammer on 6th August . . . more


Collecting Doulton Kingsware Flasks

If Kingsware appeals to you this is an ideal collecting field. There are just enough different titles to attempt to make a complete collection in a lifetime
. . . more


Some Seriesware Finds

From Leah & Gerry Fiterstein of New York . . . more


Down the drain

From sewer pipes to luxury bathrooms. A very brief history of Doulton Lambeth
. . . more


From Sworders recent auction

Two pairs of Doulton Lambeth stoneware cups and saucers by Hannah Barlow and vases by Florence Barlow, Edith Lupton and Frank Butler sold on 29 July 2014 . . . more



Two interesting sales on eBay


A most unusual teapot in simulated copperware (copper lustre on a silicon body) which sold for £78


A particularly interesting lamp sold for £112. Compare with the examples in our article Dublin Exhibition 1853.


Twgaze, Diss

Some interesting Doulton pieces at
the Quarterly Antiques auction
on 15th May 2015 . . . more


Recently at
Bonhams, Knightsbridge

Spectacular Doulton Lambeth Faience panels by John Eyre and impressive Terracotta panels by George Tinworth fetched good prices on 1st April 2015.

Other rare pieces by Mark Marshall, Charles Noke and others were sold
. . . more



Potteries Auctions

Amusing advertising wares fetch middling prices on 31st January 2015 . . . more


The Stillwell Collection of Doulton

One of a pair of Royal Doulton Titanian Ware Vases, c. 1920, sold for $1,230

An oustanding collection of Doulton was sold at Skinner, 63 Park Plaza, Boston, USA
on January 10, 2015


See our selection of results . . .

www.skinnerinc.com



Edward Raby, working 1892-1919

From Royal Doulton Collectors Club
of South Africa . . . more


The Barlows

In December 1866, Benjamin Barlow, a bank manager in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, died at the early age of 53, leaving his widow and nine children in straitened circumstances. . . . more


David Biggs 1936-2010

He did far too many jugs to mention but look through your collection and you'll find David's jugs stand out by their distinctive handles . . . more


Mark V Marshall
1876-1912

The outstanding work of Mark Marshall
. . . more


Mary Nicoll 1922-1974

Some of the most characterful figurines produced in the Doulton figurine range were designed by this artist . . . more


Arthur Ernest Pearce
1873-1928

by John Richmond

Arthur Ernest Pearce, my great grandfather, was an artist and designer who worked for Doulton for 55 years
. . . more


Harry Simeon 1896-1936

Harry Simeon became one of Doulton Lambeth's most versatile and talented artists who were responsible for many of their 20th century lines. . . . more


David Henry Souter
1862-1935

His drawings were soon influenced by the Art Nouveau style using strong solid areas and flowing lines . . . more

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