Doulton Lambeth

21st July 2015

Whenever I mention the word Doulton, people automatically think of Royal Doulton and the series of figures that they produced.  Some of the early ones can be very collectable such as “A Child Study” by Leslie Harradine (HN603), which realised £95.  There is also another side to Doulton which is less well known and that is Doulton Burslem Stoneware.

In 1877 Henry Doulton established the Doulton Lambeth factory to produce sanitary and architectural items. He then got involved in Pinder Bourne & Co., and found that the burgeoning Arts and Craft movement meant interior design became more lucrative than sanitary ware items. He was one of the largest employers of talented artists in the Potteries including many women.

Each piece was hand-crafted and decorated by an artist, who signed the piece with their initials.  Hannah Barlow was one of the first women employed by Doulton Burlem in 1871 and her pieces are the most highly sought after.  She trained at the Lambeth School of Art and produced mainly animal designs, including exotic wild animals, whilst her younger sister Florence worked mainly with floral designs.

Thomson Roddick Scottish Auctions sale on the 6th June at the Auction Centre, Irongray Road, Dumfries (www.trscottishauctions.com) included a fascinating collection of Doulton Lambeth stoneware pieces including unique pieces by both the Barlow sisters and Florrie Jones, who produced Art Nouveau inspired pieces and was the Senior Assistant at the factory. Works by these artists are inexpensive compared to pieces by some of the later female designers such as Clarice Cliff and Susie Cooper.  The results are available to view here via our home page now.