Demand for Doulton sure to develop with top names coming to auction

Top names from the Doulton factory appear in a single owner collection coming up at Sworders.

Ann Turner collection of Doulton Pottery

The May 16 sale of the first part of the ‘Ann Turner collection of Doulton Pottery’ at Sworders' Design sale.

On May 16 the first part of the ‘Ann Turner collection of Doulton Pottery’ will be auctioned at Sworders' Design sale.

The 100 lots carry estimates from £200 to £5000 and were amassed by Ann Turner, a musician who enjoyed a lifelong passion for Doulton. 

The collection’s focus is the work of the top artists and designers working at the Doulton factory in Lambeth in the latter part of the 19th century.

From artists Hannah Barlow, George Tinworth, Mark V Marshall and Frank Butler: multiple examples by each designer (and more) are represented.

Tinworth clock

George Tinworth (1843-1913) was famous for his whimsical and anamorphic models. This George Tinworth clock case for Doulton Lambeth is estimated at £3000-5000.


She bought quality pieces at auction and through dealers across more than 40 years, filling her house in Brookmans Park in Hertfordshire from floor to ceiling.

Frank Butler tower

Frank Butler (1871-1911), both deaf and dumb, was a well-regarded designer in salt-glazed stoneware at Doulton. Among the examples of his work in this collection is this vase and cover modelled as a tower, with pierced panels, the cover modelled as the roof. It is estimated at £300-500.

John Black, head of design at Sworders, said: “The range of this collection is truly astonishing. Not only are all of Doulton’s best-known artists represented but many of the pieces are the best of their kind.”

Hannah Barlow vase

This large Doulton Lambeth stoneware vase by Hannah Barlow decorated with a band of donkeys is estimated at £300-500.


Mark Marshall centrepiece

This Royal Doulton stoneware grotesque centrepiece by Mark V Marshall (1843-1913) is modelled as a lizard climbing on a leaf-shaped bowl and estimated at £300-500. Marshall, a student of the Lambeth School of Art had also worked with Robert Wallace Martin. This is one of seven pieces in the collection that are examples of his grotesques inspired by his work at Martin Brothers at the start of his career.

Send feedback on this article