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



Know your Pearls.

Know your Pearls.

I have been asked several time recently, if I buy Pearls? The answer is yes I do but 8 out of 10 times when I go to look at these Pearls I fined they are not real. I have no interest in Faux Pearls because they are today costume jewelry and of low value. Real Pearls have unique characteristics and over the years, like most quality estate jewelry have retained their value and the best sets have appreciated. On the web site for Sarasota Antique Mall ( I have a page that gives some ways to tell if you have real or faux Pearls. (All about Pearls and other Estate jewelry.) Or you can always set up an appointment and I will be happy to advise you. You never know, possibly you have a valuable set like these.


Christie’s Image

The Cowdray Pearls, a natural grey pearl necklace from the collection of the late Viscountess Cowdray, Lady Pearson (1860-1932) – sold at Christie’s London for $3.35 million

Sarasota Antiques is actively buying fine estate and old Jewelry including Pearls. Please give us a call if you are selling or just looking for a second option.

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