From a collection fo Dry Edge Derby Figures circa 1750-55, sold for over £11,000
The Derby factory can trace its history back to the 1750’s and was founded as a partnership between André Planché, William Duesbury and John Heath.
The firm specialized in making high quality tableware. Well known decorators in the 18th Century included the famous William Billingsley and Richard Askew.
In 1773, it was granted a Royal Warrant, after a visit to the factory from George III and became known as ‘Crown Derby’. In 1890 Queen Victoria granted them a Royal Warrant and they became ‘The Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company’.
In the late 18th and 19th Century the firm continued under the stewardship of several people including Michael Kean and Robert Bloor.
One of their most famous and collectable designs is ‘1128 Old Imari’, which was launched in the late 19th Century.
In 1964 they became part of the Allied English Potteries Group (owned by S Pearson & Son), however, they became independent again when a former Royal Doulton Executive, Hugh Gibson, and a Pearson Family member took them back into private ownership in 2000.
Much of today’s output is paperweights, which were introduced in the early 1980’s. However, the Imari style is still popular on dinner and tea wares. Patterns include ‘Red Alves’, ‘Derby posies’, ‘Blue Mikado’ and the Traditional Old Imari pattern.
We hold three auctions a year dedicated to porcelain and Fine Art and achieve top prices for our customers. We also sell Royal Crown Derby in our fortnightly Town & County sales.
If you have items to sell, simply fill out the online valuation form below for a free pre-sale estimate or ring 0191 430 3000 to arrange a free pre-sale valuation with one of our specialists at our Newcastle salerooms. Home visits are available for larger collections.
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