ROYAL DOULTON is a classic English brand name in tableware and ceramics with a pedigree dating back to 1815, when John Doulton used his life's savings to launch a partnership with Martha Jones and John Watts at a stoneware factory in Lambeth, London. John worked with his partners and family to grow the business, and their portfolio soon extended to artistic pottery, ultimately embracing ornamental, commemorative, and tableware products.
The Doulton name caught the attention of the royal family itself. During 1901 the Burslem factory were they were manufacturing at the time, was granted the Royal warrant by the new king, Edward VII. Now the business could adopt a bold new logo - the British lion - and a classic brand name - ROYAL DOULTON.
Between the World Wars, the name ROYAL DOULTON became synonymous with the finest English china across the world. Innovation and inspiration were key to its growth, whether that be flambé ware, titanian ware, or bone china. ROYAL DOULTON also first launched its definitive series of Pretty Lady figurines in 1913 which are still produced annually to this day and had established childrens classic Bunnykins as nurseryware in 1934, moving into collectable figurines by 1939.
Today, ROYAL DOULTON is a world-class brand in quintessential British china, crystal, glass and giftware at the forefront of retail with a lifestyle offer that covers the classic and the contemporary, tableware and collectables, oven to tableware, and personal style. ROYAL DOULTON is not only one of the world's oldest chinaware companies -- it's also one of the most relevant for the home today.