During more than a century and a half Royal Doulton have gained a unique reputation for ceramic work of art.
Each new generation of potters and ceramic artists strives to improve on its predecessors' work.
Many figurines have the artist's initials stamped on the bottom. However, there are also a large number that do not have any artist identification at all, only a backstamp.
The antique and collectible world of Royal Doulton is often complex and confusing.
Charles John Huffam Dickens was born in Portsmouth on 7th February 1812, he died in Kent on the 9th June 1870.
Since its inception, the company started by John Doulton, did business using the following names: The beautiful ceramic pieces being produced by Doulton & Company in the late 1800s were noticed by the British Royal family including Queen Victoria.To cope with their enormous output, Doulton used both in-house and freelance designers and painters, and in some cases these decorators also added pattern numbers to the wares.The best know is Robert Allen who added a ‘Ra’ number to wares decorated for Doulton in his design studio.By 1951 production had reduced to a trickle of rack plates, chop dishes, mugs and bonbon dishes.The Dickens Ware "A" series consists of 31 characters depicted on four styles of background; A Victorian streetscape (with several variations, but all of the same school); A Victorian parlor or front room (again, several variations, but all of the same school); A courtroom (Buzfuz & Mrs Bardell); and Sydney Carton who appears on the stairs of the guillotine with an expectant crowd below.His son, Henry Doulton, established the Lambeth and Burslem Studios to create unique art pottery.