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Royal Doulton Pitchers

Royal Doulton (U.K.)
Royal Doulton (U.K.)

The redoubtable British ceramics maker Royal Doulton has long embraced popular tastes and enjoys a devoted following among aficionados of English pottery. Some are drawn to the company’s intricately decorated bone china dinner services; others are passionate collectors of Royal Doulton’s artfully hand-painted vases, bowls and figurines.

     When founded in 1815 in the Lambeth section of suburban London, Doulton & Co. produced bottles and other storage containers and even sewer pipes in stoneware, a cheap but durable cousin of porcelain. Amid the Victorian era’s rising concern for hygiene, food safety and sanitation, the company flourished. And in the late 1870s Doulton expanded its business into the applied arts.

     The firm took over a factory in Staffordshire, in northern England — the traditional home of British ceramics manufacturing — to produce tableware. Around the same time, Doulton opened an art-pottery studio in Lambeth, where vases, urns and other forms were decorated with painted scenic images, flowers or historical motifs. Taking a cue from the venerable Meissen porcelain workshops in Germany, Doulton artisans began crafting figurines modeled on characters from literature and theater. The firm also helped popularize Toby Jugs and other “character mugs” — handled cups shaped as the heads of figures from folklore and popular culture. King Edward VII granted the company the Royal Warrant in 1901.

     Royal Doulton china will always make an elegant yet not-too-formal appearance in a traditional table setting. Prices for dinner services vary according to size, age and condition, but generally range from $2,000 to $15,000. Royal Doulton art pottery might be used by some as a bright decorative note; others collect the company’s figurines with the same interest and dedication as stamp and coin enthusiasts. A typical Toby Jug might fetch $50, while very rare figurines can sell for $7,000. Most of the finest Royal Doulton art pottery pieces sell for around $500. As you will see on these pages, few decorative-arts companies are as aesthetically and stylistically diverse as Royal Doulton. The firm truly offers something for everyone.

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Edwardian Royal Doulton Stoneware Jug or Pitcher moulded Farming Scene, Ca 1905
By Royal Doulton
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a good stoneware jug or pitcher made by The Royal Doulton, Lambeth, London factory, very early in the 20th century, in the Edwardian period. The jug has a moulded shape with...
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Early 20th Century English Edwardian Royal Doulton Pitchers

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Stoneware

19th Century English Painted Ceramic Barbotine Pitchers, Set of Three
By Royal Doulton
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorate a wet bar with this charming, sculptural set of antique majolica pitchers. Crafted in England circa 1890, each colorful barbotine jug similar to the one of Onnaing, features...
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Late 19th Century English Antique Royal Doulton Pitchers

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Sterling Silver Mounted Royal Doulton Blue Glazed Pitcher
By Royal Doulton
Located in Norwood, NJ
Art Nouveau sterling silver mounted Royal Doulton blue glazed lidded pitcher. 19th century petite pitcher with raised Art Nouveau design.   
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1890s English Art Nouveau Antique Royal Doulton Pitchers

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Sterling Silver

19th Century English Royal Doulton Trompe L'Oeil "Copper” Pitcher in Pottery
By Royal Doulton
Located in Essex, MA
A beautifully and inventively made English Royal Doulton trompe l'oeil pottery pitcher, English, circa 1880, made of glazed ceramic, but designed, in every detail, to resemble a copp...
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Late 19th Century English Arts and Crafts Antique Royal Doulton Pitchers

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Ceramic

Vintage Royal Doulton Kingsware Night Watchman Dewar's Whisky Bottles
By Royal Doulton
Located in Mexico, DF
The three Royal Doulton Kingsware Dewars bottles depict Tony Weller, a spirits loving character from a Charles Dickens novel. Kingsware was developed by Charles Noke and produced...
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Early 1900s British Art Nouveau Antique Royal Doulton Pitchers

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Ceramic

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