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Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Serious collectors of British ceramics are quite familiar with the forward-looking works that bear Doulton Burslem marks — the redoubtable British manufacturer Royal Doulton purchased a factory in Burslem in 1882, and King Edward VII granted the factory his Royal Warrant in 1901. Doulton of Burslem in Staffordshire is known for its innovative designs for vases, tableware and serveware created by the likes of Charles Noke and other artisans of the era. 

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 figurines, vases and bowls.

When founded by John Doulton, Martha Jones and John Watts in 1815, in the Lambeth section of suburban London, the manufacturer 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. During the late 1850s — having rebranded as Doulton & Watts and then Doulton and Co. — the firm was colloquially referred to as Doulton Ware. And in the late 1870s, it 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, Henry Doulton — John Doulton's son — opened an art pottery studio in Lambeth, where vases, urns and other forms were decorated with painted scenic images, flowers or historical motifs thanks to its collaborations with students at the nearby Lambeth School of Art. 

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 like the heads of figures from folklore and popular culture. 

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

Authentic 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 (and Doulton of Burslem). The firm truly offers something for everyone.

Find Doulton Burslem vases, pitchers, plates and other decorative objects and collectibles for sale on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Doulton Burslem
Doulton Burslem hand coloured part dessert set decorated with orchids
By Doulton Burslem
Located in East Geelong, VIC
This Doulton Burslem part dessert set comprises six plates and a low comport. All pieces feature raised, moulded depictions of a variety of orchids which have been hand coloured and ...
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1880s English Late Victorian Antique Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Porcelain

Doulton Burslem and Walker and Hall strawberry dessert set for two people C1900
By Doulton Burslem
Located in Central England, GB
A most unusual and decadent item and one that we have never seen before. This is a high quality strawberry or fruit set that has a large fitted stand which is beautifully made by th...
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Early 20th Century English Romantic Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Silver Plate

Doulton Burslem Spanish Ware painted plate
By Doulton Burslem
Located in East Geelong, VIC
This porcelain plate from Doulton Burslem is from Doulton's "Spanish Ware" range with hand painted poppies done using a lovely soft palette, then outlined in gold on a pink ground wi...
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1880s English Late Victorian Antique Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Porcelain

Pair hand painted Doulton Burslem footed bowls
By Doulton Burslem
Located in East Geelong, VIC
These square, shallow Doulton Burslem porcelain bowls feature sprays of delicately hand painted flowers to the centre, while the border is composed of raised paste arabesques in crea...
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Early 1900s English Late Victorian Antique Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Porcelain

Doulton Burslem Silver Mounted Flambe Green Desert Scene Series Ware Vase
By Doulton Burslem
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A fine and unusual Art Nouveau silver mounted Doulton Burslem series ware green flambe vase with a desert oasis scene dating from around 1909. The thickly potted ceramic vase stands ...
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Early 1900s English Art Nouveau Antique Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Ceramic

Doulton Burslem Kingsware Admiral Beatty Decorated Dewar’s Whisky Flask
By Doulton Burslem
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A fine and wonderful historical Doulton Burslem Kingsware Dewar’s Whisky Flask with scenes from world war I dating from 1918. This stylish red stoneware flask...
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Stoneware

Doulton Burslem Art Deco Silver Mounted Coffee Cup Set
By Doulton Burslem
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A scarce and exceptional Doulton Burslem Art Deco silver mounted coffee cup set complete with saucer and original spoon and dated 1929. The porcelain tr...
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1920s English Art Deco Vintage Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Doulton Burslem Rare Pair Old Jarvey Coaching Art Pottery Vases
By Doulton Burslem
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A rare and very unusual pair Doulton Burslem Coaching art pottery vases dating from around 1909. The earthenware vases are of tall square column form standing raised on a wide square platform base and is decorated with a two coachman figures to the body with banners, one reading The Coachman and the other An Old Jarvey. A further decoration of horse drawn coaches...
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Pottery

Doulton Burslem Spanish Ware Painted Plate
By Doulton Burslem
Located in East Geelong, VIC
This porcelain plate from Doulton Burslem is decorated with Doulton's "Spanish Ware" pattern with hand coloured flowers outlined in gold on a pink ground with a painted background. This type of ware was developed by John Slater...
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1880s English High Victorian Antique Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Porcelain

Charles Collis Vase
By Doulton Burslem
Located in Chipping Campden, GB
5313 Charles Collis (Della Robbia Interest) for Doulton Burslem. Incised and painted decoration of stylised flowers and seeds Circa 1900 42cm high Charles Collis spent several y...
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Early 20th Century British Art Nouveau Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Earthenware

Charles Collis Vase
Charles Collis Vase
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Doulton Burslem Spanish Ware Painted Plate
By Doulton Burslem
Located in East Geelong, VIC
This porcelain plate from Doulton Burslem is decorated with s design from Doulton's "Spanish Ware" range. In this case a hand painted bough of raspberries, foliage and flowers has been done, using a very soft palette, and outlined in gold on a graduated fawn ground. This type of ware was developed by John...
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1890s English High Victorian Antique Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Porcelain

Doulton Burslem Gladstone Commemorative Jug
By Doulton Burslem
Located in East Geelong, VIC
This Doulton Burslem jug was issued in 1898 to commemorate the death of William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898). Gladstone was an English politician who served as Prime Minister on four ...
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1890s European Late Victorian Antique Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Porcelain

Doulton Burslem Series Ware Golfing Scenes Vase by Charles Dana Gibson
By Doulton Burslem
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very rare Doulton Burslem series ware porcelain vase decorated with golfing scenes by renowned American illustrator Charles Dana Gibson (American, 1867-1944) and dating between 190...
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Early 20th Century English Art Nouveau Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Porcelain

Doulton Burslem Hyperion Sheep at Dusk Painted Porcelain Vase by Fred Walklate
By Doulton Burslem
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stunning and rare Doulton Burslem Hyperion-Ware porcelain hand-painted vase with Sheep at Dusk by Fred Walklate and dating from around 1902. This tall elegant and finely made vase ...
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Early 1900s English Art Nouveau Antique Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Porcelain

Doulton Burslem Mint Green Hot Chocolate Set for 4 Gilt Gold & White Enamel
By Doulton Burslem
Located in Great Barrington, MA
This is a rare shape and specialized set that features beautiful cups with stylized handles unique to hot chocolate cups. Chocolate was a rare and e...
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Early 1900s English Antique Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Porcelain

Doulton Burslem Jug Commemorating Alfred, Lord Tennyson
By Doulton Burslem
Located in East Geelong, VIC
This Doulton Burslem jug was issued in 1892 to mark the death of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), who was the Poet Laureate from 1850 until his death. On either side of the jug are moulded semi-relief...
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1890s English Late Victorian Antique Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Earthenware

English Plate Hunt Scene Doulton Burslem, circa 1890
By Doulton Burslem
Located in Austin, TX
Large English faience plate signed Doulton Burslem (1882-1902) with a hunting dog and a deer with wild flowers.
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1890s English Country Antique Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Faience

English Plate Hunt Scene Doulton Burslem, circa 1890
By Doulton Burslem
Located in Austin, TX
Large English faience plate signed Doulton Burslem (1882-1902) with a hunting dog and a rabbit with wild flowers.
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1890s English Country Antique Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Faience

Rare Doulton Burslem Luscian Ware Hand Painted Exhibition Vase, circa 1893
By Doulton Burslem
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
An exceptional and rare Doulton Burslem Luscian ware tear drop shaped vase handpainted by renowned miniature and historical artist Leslie Johnson dating between 1891 and 1902. The ta...
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1890s European Aesthetic Movement Antique Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Ceramic

19th Century Aesthetic Movement Doulton Burslem Blue and Gold Punchbowl
By Doulton Burslem
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Perfect as a centerpiece, this 19th century Doulton footed punchbowl is beautifully decorated with a botanical motif in a ink blue tone over ivory...
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1890s English Aesthetic Movement Antique Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Porcelain

Set of Antique Hand Painted D. Dewsberry Iris Cabinet Plates for Doulton Burslem
By Doulton Burslem
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This set of eleven hand painted cabinet plates were made by the Doulton Burslem factory, later known as Royal Doulton, in England in circa 1900 in the period Edwardian style. Each plate is hand painted by David Dewsberry...
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Early 20th Century English Edwardian Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Porcelain

19th Century Aesthetic Movement Doulton Burslem Figural Grape Stand Centerpiece
By Doulton Burslem
Located in Great Barrington, MA
This figural porcelain grape stand and holder is decorated with whimsical mushrooms encircling the "faux branch" to hold the grapes. It is embellished with...
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19th Century English Aesthetic Movement Antique Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Porcelain

Set of 12 Doulton Burslem Hand-Painted Artist Signed Fish Plates, 19th Century
By Doulton Burslem
Located in Great Barrington, MA
This set of 12 Doulton Burslem plates dates from the 1890s and are decorated in the Aesthetic Movement style. Each plate is uniquely hand painted...
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Late 19th Century English Aesthetic Movement Antique Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Ceramic

11 Doulton Burslem Hand-Painted Signed Aquatic Theme Fish Plates, 19th Century
By Doulton Burslem
Located in Great Barrington, MA
A lovely set of 11 hand painted and artist signed plates with shaped rims and trimmed with raised paste gold. The interesting 10-pointed border creates a lovely framework around the ...
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1890s English Antique Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Porcelain

Pair of English Porcelain Gilt Bronze Mounted Pate-Sur-Pate Vases, circa 1900
By Doulton Burslem
Located in New York, NY
Pair of English porcelain gilt bronze-mounted pate-sur-pate vases, Doulton Burslem, circa 1900. Signed.
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Early 20th Century English Doulton Burslem Furniture

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Porcelain

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Doulton Burslem furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Doulton Burslem furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of ceramic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Doulton Burslem furniture, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Doulton Burslem were created in the Victorian style in europe during the 19th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Henry Wilkinson & Co., Joseph Holdcroft, and Barker Ellis Silver Co.. Prices for Doulton Burslem furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $295 and can go as high as $6,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $789.
Questions About Doulton Burslem Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Doulton Burslem is a marking found on some ceramics produced by the manufacturer Royal Doulton. The mark refers to the company's name and Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, UK, the location of its factory. Shop a selection of Doulton Burslem decorative objects on 1stDibs.

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