Why Is Royal Doulton Flambe Collectable?

We sell many different Royal Doulton pieces at auction including Flambe. Get in touch if you are looking for something in particular, or if you are looking to sell at auction.

Royal Doulton Flambe glaze is made with copper oxide and gives a fiery red finish that became known as ‘flambe’. Royal Doulton were European pioneers of the traditional 16th Century Chinese glazing technique in the early 20th Century; a rich deep red glaze with streaks of purple and turquoise.

Doulton & Co first introduced their version of the Flambe glaze in 1904 at The St Louis Exhibition. It became an immediate success and, because of how popular it was, they increased production at the Burslem studios, perfecting the glaze over the following years.  They added the complicated Sung glaze to the range in 1920 and there is still secrecy surrounding the production of Royal Doulton’s flambe and transmutation glazes.

Royal Doulton Flambe figurine of Three Wise Monkeys, capturing the humour of the well-known proverb, ''See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.''

Lot 407: Royal Doulton Flambe figurine of Three Wise Monkeys, capturing the humour of the well-known proverb, ''See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.'' Sold for £240 at our Rare 20th Century British Pottery & Antiques Auction back in November 2019.

Inspired by early Chinese Flambe glazes that date back to the 16th Century, Doulton & Co’s art department was headed by Charles Noke at the time.  Noke was joined by Cuthbert Bailey who introduced Potter Bernard Moore to the studio to help to formulate their own Flambe glazes in the early 1900s.

Once perfected, production flourished with large exhibition sized vases, bowls and planters, followed by many other small items. The Flambe glaze quickly became a huge success for the studio and was then used in many models of animals, birds, cats, dogs and figurines.  Many different models were added to this range over the following decades and production was maintained until the last specialist Flambe kiln was dissembled when the Nile street factory was vacated in 2005.

Lot 224 - A Royal Doulton Flambe model of seated fox and Lot 244 - A Royal Doulton Flambe prototype seated pig.

Lot 224 - A Royal Doulton Flambe model of seated fox and Lot 244 - A Royal Doulton Flambe prototype seated pig. Pig sold for £360 at our Rare 20th Century British Pottery & Antiques Auction back in November 2019.

If you have some Royal Doulton Flambe pieces that you would like to auction, it’s always worth checking in with us if you are considering selling yours at auction.  Talk to our team of experts who will be able to give you an accurate auction estimate on Flambe pieces and other Royal Doulton pieces.  You can join us at one of our valuation days, email us for an appointment [email protected] or call us on +44 (0)1782 638100 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. 

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