For nearly two centuries the Royal Doulton Company has gained a unique reputation for sculptural ceramic works of art.
When talking about Doulton’s early Vellum figures, one cannot fail to mention Charles Noke originally chief modeller and later Art Director at Doulton’s of Burslem, without whom Doulton’s many and varied wares would not exist today.
In the early years of the HN collection several advertising and publishing houses commissioned Doulton figures to advertise their products including The Perfect Pair HN581, which celebrates the amalgamation of Eve magazine and The Tatler from 1923.
During this time of continued experimentation, a further glaze, named Titanian was discovered in 1915. The unique Titanian glaze uses a titanium oxide which produces a bluey colour. Examples of Titanian ware can vary from white to dark blue glazes.
The early 20th Century was a time of great experimentation and Noke was keen to establish and indeed re-discover many of the ancient Chinese pottery transmutation glazes of yesteryear.
Produced between 1898 and 1939, Kingsware was again the brain child of Charles Noke, and totally unique to Doulton and a technique that no other factory has managed to replicate ever since.