Known for its production of bone china, tableware, and other decorative pieces, the company name is synonymous with quality.
First called ‘Derby Porcelain,’ it became known as ‘Crown Derby’ in 1773 and ‘Royal Crown Derby’ in 1890. The company was established by Andrew Planche around 1750 in Derby.
You can check for restoration by running your teeth (yes, teeth) around the rim to detect softer areas.
This technique works as the restored area cannot be fired to the same temperature so feels softer.
Single pieces from the service have been known to sell for over £10,000.
The range of paperweights produced by Royal Crown Derby were a huge commercial success.
He assembled many talented artists and craftsmen to create beautifully decorative pieces, which are highly collectable today.
After Duesbury died in 1797, the factory experienced a short decline until Robert Bloor restored the company’s reputation by taking over in 1811.
Gary was a corporate lawyer and held lavish dinner parties in his Fith Avenue mansion.
The Royal Crown Derby Imari designs feature bright colours, geometric patterns, and floral designs which mingle together in aesthetically pleasing compositions.
The elegant styles of Imari wares helped revived the business until it changed hands again in 1845 and temporarily closed in 1848.
What all these items have in common is that they are purely decorative pieces with no utilitarian function.
Royal Crown Derby dinner and tea services are commercial, but a single vase can be worth as much as an entire tea service!