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Royal Crown Derby China

Sunday, 21 June 2009

royal crown derby chinaThe porcelain origins from China and we know the place to be rich in ‘china' clay. However, it was in England when in 1796 Josiah Spode, the founder of Spode Company, developed the recipe of English china when he replaced china clay with the powder of burnt bone. By the way, bone china is deemed to be the high quality china due to it fluffiness and intense colors.

Some art pieces of work by the English craftsmen were loved by titlists to the extent the manufacture itself was granted permission to include the title "Royal" in the company name in 1890 by Victoria, the Queen. Thus, it happened to Royal Crown Derby.

The history of Royal Crown Derby China dates from 1750 when Andrew Planche, the Huguenot, founded the first china works in Derby. The superb works of him were so greatly admired by William Duesbury, who finally became the business partner to Andrew and consequently, the manufacturer of the brand officially registered in 1755.

As its early works, Royal Crown Derby started manufacture of dinnerware styled Meisan and Chelsea. Afterwards, Duesbury improved the work of the factory to the extent that in 1769 Chelsea gradually transferred to Derby with issue of figures styled chinoiserie and rococo, namely shepherds, mythological Goddess and wild animals.

Typical of the period are the lavishly decorated Japan, or Imari, patterns of Royal Crown Derby ware whose deserved popularity continues in various forms to the present day. The pattern was made in Japanese style, in red and black, embroidered in 22-karate gold, which was taken as the base for thousands of modern decoration styles.

Flowery patterns on caps, dishes and tea sets depicting the flowers in details exactly replicating the illustrated botanic publications in Botanic magazine by William Curtis and English Botany by James Sourby, redeemed by the Derby factory.

Derby factory is deemed Royal not just for a word. Proving its name, the factory produces one of the best china in the world. On the top of it, the Royal family uses the services of the manufacture since 1775. In 1784 Royal Crown Derby received the order to deliver the dessert sets for George, Prince of Wales and in 1787 they regularly provided dessert tea sets for the Prince of Wales. Queen-mother Elizabeth I collected many items of this ancient manufacture and when she died, her daughter, Elizabeth II, the Queen, continued her mother's passion for the English chinaware. To honor one of the Royal Family members (Antoinette, the Queen) and upon the request of the latter, the well-famous pattern ‘Antoinette' was created as one of the rocaille patterns scale.

Currently, the output of the Royal Crown Derby manufacture is limited and existing collections display very exclusive things that are rather suitable to print the Allusive Arms, photo or just words of wishing. Bear in mind, however, that you should place the order half a year before to have your order in time. To acquire this collection, the company should become the member to the Royal Guild of Collectors founded in 1994. The membership entitles to receive catalogues and place orders. The membership fee is 45 pounds and annual subscription for catalogues will take you 32 pounds more. And a rare collector, the true one, would agree it is too much. Yet, Royal Crown Derby Chinaware is deemed as vintage ware and it is rarely used for everyday serving the table.

If you are a collector or just have some vintage chinaware at home, you need to take care of it placing them in the appropriate cabinet to protect from dust and falling.

It's not a good idea to place the whole 12-person tea set at the same shelf. You risk to accidentally dropping some items when trying to get the cup or tea-pot in the back. This is not a problem for a housewife with an ordinary tea set, but the collector will take it to heart, since collecting is the deal of the life. It is even worse if your vintage set is Royal Crown Derby. Avoid washing your fragile chinaware, especially the sets with gold trims, with abrasives and in the washing machine. You'd better wash every item of the set under the warm running water in soapy solution. However, the true Royal Crown Derby is worth such a loving care, this is the real part of the British history, altogether with Guinness Beer or Burberry service jacket.

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Roslyn Ritz  - Royal Crown Derby   |2009-12-05 19:44:51
In 1947, I purchased a set of Royal Crown Derby at Birks in Montreal, Canada. I still have it all (complete service for 14. My problem is that I do not know the name of the pattern

Fluted edges with delicate ivy leaves and a scattering of blue bells on the just inside the fluing. WHAT IS THE NAME OF THIS PATTERN PLEASE
Gayle Gregory  - pattern please   |2010-05-09 20:55:14
Fluted edges with delicate ivy leaves and a scattering of blue bells on the just inside the fluing. WHAT IS THE NAME OF THIS PATTERN PLEASE
Judy Henn  - What is it?   |2010-06-01 05:02:43
I recently found a round box with a small crescent shaped bowl (about 4 1/2 in. long and 2 1/2 in. at it's widest point) and a small knife. Both the bowl and the handle on the knife are the same pattern (multiple flowers in yellow, pink and purple. I would like to know what it is and it's worth.
John hebert  - Knife and fork set   |2011-03-08 15:22:08
I recently remodeled my house and I found a royal crown derby china knife and fork set it has the paper work for it inside the orginal box. It has marking on the forks and knife and I think it dates back to 1877 to 1889 I would like to know what I have and it's value
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