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Royal Doulton China was founded in London, England, in 1815 by a potter named John Doulton. Originally Mr. Doulton made only stoneware, but his son, Sir Henry Doulton, expanded the company into many other areas of ceramic products. By 1877, Royal Doulton china began to be produced at their newly acquired factory in Stoke-on-Trent.
Royal Doulton china pieces quickly became known throughout the world for their distinctive design and quality. The company officially became Royal Doulton in 1901, when Sir Henry Doulton was granted use of the word "Royal" by King Edward VII. In the 1930’s, Royal Doulton also began production of their world famous figurines. Today, what some people term Royal Doulton China is actually seven ceramic factories making fine dinnerware, crystal and figurines under the Royal Doulton name.
Through a variety of mergers and acquisitions, the Royal Doulton Company now owns and produces other famous brands including Minton, Royal Crown Derby, Royal Albert, and Caithness Glass. With a workforce of 6,000 and annual sales of around $370 million, Royal Doulton is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of bone china, crystal, giftware and figurines. They have an elaborate international distribution network of trademark Royal Doulton products in the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia Pacific and Continental Europe.
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