Category Archives: Barbotine ware

Collecting Doulton Barbotine ware – Moonlight


This technique is another unusual ware produced at Burslem in limited quantities around 1930. The particular pattern was actually called ‘Moonlight’ according to Fred Moore who also provided an introduction date of 1927 for this design.

Similar in body to Rembrandt and some Holbein pieces, Barbotine can be found on vases and bowls, plus I have seen a pair of 24″ lamps also in the Moonlight design. Very impressive!
The Moonlight pattern is similar to the drawings of Edmund Dulac, but there are several other designs that have also come to light in the Barbotine technique, yet, they all use the same colour palette of greens and blues with similar stylised designs.
I am sure you’ll agree they are stunning pieces!