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Royal Crown Derby China

Royal Crown Derby is arguably the oldest remaining English porcelain manufacturer, which is disputed by Royal Worcester. Known for its high quality bone china, they have been in production since approximately 1750. It was originally called "Derby Porcelain" until 1773 when it was renamed "Crown Derby.”

After going through several owners, the factory was shut down temporarily in 1848. A group of former employees kept the Derby name alive by setting up a small factory on King Street, continuing to use the same molds, patterns, and trademarks. In 1877, a new factory was built, marking the beginning of Royal Crown Derby's modern period. Their romantic and lavish designs fit with the demand of the period and they grew immensely popular.

In 1890, Queen Victoria appointed Crown Derby the Royal Warrant and granted them the title "The Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company." In 1964 the company was acquired by S. Pearson and Son, later becoming part of the Allied English Potteries Group.


Quick Facts

  • Royal Crown Derby china bears the mark of the royal crown of England, proclaiming to be of the highest quality
  • The original Royal Crown Derby potter's wheel is still owned by the present company
  • An extensive assembled Royal Crown Derby Imari part service sold at Christie's New York for $32,500 in October 2012

Recommended Items at Auction

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Royal Crown Derby Chatsworth House urn 16/250, approx 26cm H
Oct 31, 4:00 PM AEDT
Royal Crown Derby Chatsworth House urn 16/250, approx 26cm H
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD1905 Bids
Royal Crown Derby Set Of 6 Knives In Fitted Case
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Royal Crown Derby Set Of 6 Knives In Fitted Case
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$32 Bids
18 Pieces Decorated English Creamware, Porcelain
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
18 Pieces Decorated English Creamware, Porcelain
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
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19c Litho Charles Hunt "The Start for The Derby"
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
19c Litho Charles Hunt "The Start for The Derby"
by Neely Auction
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
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37p Royal Crown Derby Imari Luncheon Set Octagonal
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
37p Royal Crown Derby Imari Luncheon Set Octagonal
by Neely Auction
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
3PC DERBY FRUIT BOWL & PAIR OLD PARIS FIGURAL URNS
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
3PC DERBY FRUIT BOWL & PAIR OLD PARIS FIGURAL URNS
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
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Cutlery Set
Oct 24, 11:30 AM EDT
Cutlery Set
by Oakwood Auctions
Est: $15- $20
$50 Bids
Soapbox Derby Car
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Soapbox Derby Car
by Copake Auction Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
57 PC ROYAL CROWN DERBY WENTWORTH CHINA
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
57 PC ROYAL CROWN DERBY WENTWORTH CHINA
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$50 Bids
4 Kentucky Derby Glasses
Oct 24, 2:00 PM EDT
4 Kentucky Derby Glasses
by Pace & Hong Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$120 Bids
8 Royal Crown Derby 9 inch Plates in Mikado, circa 1930
Nov 14, 10:00 AM PST
8 Royal Crown Derby 9 inch Plates in Mikado, circa 1930
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $300- $350
$2500 Bids
Pair English Derby Porcelain Sauce Tureens
Nov 14, 10:00 AM PST
Pair English Derby Porcelain Sauce Tureens
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $300- $400
$2500 Bids
Royal Crown Derby England Porcelain Vase
Nov 14, 10:00 AM PST
Royal Crown Derby England Porcelain Vase
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $900- $1,200
$7000 Bids
Royal Crown Derby Imari Bottle Vase No.1352
Oct 23, 11:00 AM BST
Royal Crown Derby Imari Bottle Vase No.1352
by Cooper Barrington LLP
Est: £30- £40
£140 Bids
A Pair of Derby Porcelain Candelabra Figures
Oct 23, 11:00 AM BST
A Pair of Derby Porcelain Candelabra Figures
by Cooper Barrington LLP
Est: £500- £700
£2400 Bids
Royal Crown Derby Imari 1128 Miniature Vases
Oct 23, 11:00 AM BST
Royal Crown Derby Imari 1128 Miniature Vases
by Cooper Barrington LLP
Est: £40- £50
£200 Bids
A Very Rare Royal Crown Derby Cook-a-Too Parrot
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
A Very Rare Royal Crown Derby Cook-a-Too Parrot
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $225- $2,250
$2250 Bids
A Miniature Roal Crown Derby cup and Saucer
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
A Miniature Roal Crown Derby cup and Saucer
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
CROWN DERBY IMARI PORCELAIN PARTIAL SERVICE, 22 PCS
Nov 11, 11:00 AM EST
CROWN DERBY IMARI PORCELAIN PARTIAL SERVICE, 22 PCS
by DuMouchelles
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
Royal Crown Derby Chatsworth Large Lazy Susan Serving Platter C1890 red floral
Nov 07, 10:00 AM PDT
Royal Crown Derby Chatsworth Large Lazy Susan Serving Platter C1890 red floral
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $1,000- $1,200
$8000 Bids
A Small Royal Crown Derby? Bowl
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
A Small Royal Crown Derby? Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
Set of Nine Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Dinner Plates in the 'Kings' Pattern
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
Set of Nine Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Dinner Plates in the 'Kings' Pattern
by Stair
Est: $700- $900
$3500 Bids
A Set of Three Royal Crown Derby Imari Pattern Plates in Wall Mounts (Dia:11.5cm)
Oct 28, 10:00 AM AEDT
A Set of Three Royal Crown Derby Imari Pattern Plates in Wall Mounts (Dia:11.5cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD700 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Royal Crown Derby China


Cooper Barrington LLP

Cooper Barrington LLP

Vickers & Hoad

Vickers & Hoad

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Taylor & Harris

Taylor & Harris