|With its origins in the first half of the 18th century, Royal Crown Derby is one of the most recognisable and most popular ceramic types on the market today.
The partnership between Andrew Planche and William Duesbury that began the business, sparked a china production that would stand the test of time.
Operating from the Chelsea China Works in Derby in 1770, and then from their London showroom in 1773, it wasn't long until King George III was counted among the admirers of the exquisite shapes and colourings of Royal Crown Derby ceramics.
In the 1780s and 90s advancements in potting, glaze and decoration allowed a wide variety of objects to be made to a new standard of excellence. With the artistic talent of the likes of Boreman, Askew, Banford, Withers and Pegg, to name but a few, Royal Crown Derby ceramics of this period are among the most desirable at auction. Into the 1880s, larger and more flamboyant pieces were in production and it was then that the vivid and elaborate Imari pattern became prevalent. In the late 19th century an even broader colour palette was popular, together with techniques such as raised gilding and piercing. The highest accolade came in 1890 when the Royal Crown Derby company was appointed 'Manufacturers of Porcelain to Her Majesty'. In 1964 the company was acquired by S. Pearson and Son to become part of their Allied English Potteries group.
The auction on the morning of Thursday 16th August features approximately 45 lots of Royal Crown Derby, comprising mainly the factories famous paperweights. The first Royal Crown Derby paperweights, five birds and a rabbit, were launched at a reception at Chatsworth House in 1981. These models were to develop into one of the most important ranges of china figures in the world of collecting.
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