Royal Doulton and other fine English China.

Royal Doulton and other fine English China.

Royal Doulton Was founded in 1815 as a began as a partnership between John Doulton, Martha Jones, and John Watts. The factory was factory in Vauxhall Walk, Lambeth, London. When it was founded it was known simply as Doulton Potteries. It wasn’t until 1901 when King Edward VII sold the factory the Royal Warrant, allowing the business to adopt new markings and a new name, Royal Doulton.

royal-doulton-pretty-ladies-belle-petite-figurine-d-20100924141006647~955124Royal Doulton is probably best known for make beautiful figurines like this one “Pretty Ladies, Belle Petite”

But for a long time they produced many thing including, dinnerware, gift-ware, cookware, porcelain, glassware, collectables, jewellery, linens, curtains, and lighting. I guess they were trying to find there nich’e.

The market for Figurines has seen it’s up’s and down’s, As most things have but there still seems to be interest in fine quality items and recently I noticed on item sold for over $5,000.

Royal Doulton old

Royal Doulton is now owned by WWRD Holdings Ltd. This stands for “Wedgwood, Waterford Crystal, Royal Doulton”, they are based in Barlaston near Stoke-on-Trent.

If you have any fine or rare figurines I would love to see a photo of them, never ceases to amaze me what has survived and what people collect. If you are looking to sell your collection please contact me. I have several collectors who are looking to buy. I can be reached at you can email me at or give me a call.  (941) 809-2388

Sarasota Antiques is always looking to buy fine antiques. For a list of the items we are looking for go to our website.

or you can give me a call. (941) 809-2388

Thanks for looking



What are Antiques?

Over the years I have bought thousands of Antiques. In-fact today I am still looking and buying antiques. My business survives on buying. If I don’t buy I cant sell and if I don’t sell then I go out of business. Having now stated the obvious lets get on with the real problem. What is an Antique? This may to some be a retarded question, but I don’t think it is. I think there is a lot of confusion out there about antiques. I think the thing is we all have our own standard. Some might say, “Well an Antique has to be over 100 years old” others may say, “something that isn’t made any longer” the webster dictionary has it as.
1. Existing since or belonging to earlier times
2. Being in the style or fashion of former times
3. Made in or representative of the work of an earlier period

I don’t think any of these disruptions are wrong but I don’t think they fully explain what an antique is ether. The truth is that each of us have our own idea and standard. I like to think that an antique is over 100 years old and has some rarity, it shows a high standard of craftsmanship and quality. Something that has a high value.
I don’t always stick to these standards but normally a combination of these things work for me

There are many misconceptions about Antiques out there and some I find quite humorous.
Just because its old doesn’t mean it antique or valuable.
(The wooden toilette seat from the cabin in West Virginia)

Just because it came from Grandmas house doesn’t mean it antique or valuable.
(Very nice old lady. Loved to shop at Kmart. Gave this to me just before she passed on, about 6 months ago. It has a “Made in China” sticker on it? Don’t know why she would have put that on it?)

Just because it was Grandmas prize possession doesn’t mean it antique or valuable.
( Small glass dish with engraving “Best bingo player of 1948”)

Just because it Antique doesn’t mean it antique or valuable.

These are all things I have been offered to buy and the man who was trying to sell the toilette seat was quite upset when I was not interested.

People collect all sorts of things,”one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

I think that if you are wondering if you have something of value maybe an antique and your not positive. Ask an expert. Most dealers I know are happy to share there knowledge, when approached in a polite way. If you have an item you are trying to get more information on or are trying to sell give me a call. I don’t charge for my opinion and you never know you may have an Antique. Give me a call (941)809-2388