The initial 'art pottery' was established in Lambeth, Staffordshire by Henry Doulton. Production was moved to Burslem and distinguished designers employed, such as George Tinworth. Figure production was introduced – and it is these with a particular Art Deco feel that are very collectible today.
Royal Doulton Art Deco Pottery
Royal Doulton is a household name with extensive production of hand decorated earthenware from the 1930s appealing to the masses, notably designs from the Frank Brangwyn range, which was a collaboration with Charles Noke.
Art Deco table ware was also produced in vast quantity. Royal Doulton’s Art Deco and Art Nouveau vases are also particularly collectable with notable designers and decorators being Frank Butler, Bessie Newbery, Florrie Jones, Ethel Beard, Charles Noke, Harry Nixon and William Rowe.
Doulton & Co. was acquired by S. Pearson & Son Ltd. (owners of Allied English Potteries) in 1971 and subsequently taken over by Waterford Wedgwood in 2005. The company went into administration in 2009 along with other Waterford Wedgwood companies. Royal Doulton is now part of WWRD Holdings Limited.
Agents & Showrooms
Doulton & Co. Ltd., Royal Doulton Potteries, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent
The following Royal Doulton principal agents abroad were representing the Royal Doulton pottery in 1939 according to a half page, black & white 'Coppice' advert at the bottom of page 54 of The Pottery Gazette and Glass Trade Review Directory and Diary, 1939.
John Shorter Ltd., 193, Clarence Street, Sydney.
Parsons-Steiner Ltd., 55-57, Wellington St. West, Toronto.
C. V. Kjaer, Vestervold 96, Copenhagen.
WM. Gregg Pty., Ltd., 31a, Bradlows Buildings, Market Street, Johannesburg.
The WM. S Pitcairn Corporation, 104, Fifth Avenue, New York.
Royal Doulton Restoration
GCR Services specialise in the restoration of a Royal Doulton and have many years' experience in repairing pottery items for both private Doulton collectors and museums. This site offers a premium museum quality service and also a bugdet repair service for items of lower or sentimental value.
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