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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

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ROYAL CROWN DERBY Porcelain Trinket Box
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
ROYAL CROWN DERBY Porcelain Trinket Box
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $40
$407 Bids
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Twelve Royal Crown Derby Olde Avesbury Pattern Partial-Gilt Porcelain Dinner Pla
Dec 09, 10:00 AM CST
Twelve Royal Crown Derby Olde Avesbury Pattern Partial-Gilt Porcelain Dinner Pla
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5503 Bids
A VERY FINE ROYAL CROWN DERBY PAPERWEIGHT "AMERICAN CARDINAL" GOLD CAP ORIGINAL BOX
Dec 10, 12:00 PM EST
A VERY FINE ROYAL CROWN DERBY PAPERWEIGHT "AMERICAN CARDINAL" GOLD CAP ORIGINAL BOX
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $100- $200
$602 Bids
Set 61 Royal Crown Derby Imari Porcelain Dish Set
Jan 18, 10:00 AM EST
Set 61 Royal Crown Derby Imari Porcelain Dish Set
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $250
$602 Bids
Royal crown derby cobalt blue cabinet vase with gilt highlights. H 14cm, W 8cm
Dec 11, 12:00 PM AEDT
Royal crown derby cobalt blue cabinet vase with gilt highlights. H 14cm, W 8cm
by Christian McCann Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD801 Bid
Royal Crown Derby Bear exclusive for collector’s g…
Dec 11, 11:00 AM AEDT
Royal Crown Derby Bear exclusive for collector’s g…
by Amanda Addams Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD801 Bid
A VERY FINE ROYAL CROWN DERBY PAPERWEIGHT "FAIRY WREN" GOLD CAP ORIGINAL BOX
Dec 10, 12:00 PM EST
A VERY FINE ROYAL CROWN DERBY PAPERWEIGHT "FAIRY WREN" GOLD CAP ORIGINAL BOX
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Royal Crown Derby zebra 14 x 14 cm…
Dec 11, 11:00 AM AEDT
Royal Crown Derby zebra 14 x 14 cm…
by Amanda Addams Auctions
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD601 Bid
Set 3 ROYAL CROWN DERBY Cups & Dish
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Set 3 ROYAL CROWN DERBY Cups & Dish
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $50
$11 Bid
Pair of Derby Style Porcelain Figures
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
Pair of Derby Style Porcelain Figures
by Willow Auction House
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
2 GRAVY BOWL ROYAL CROWN DERBY DERBY POSIES XLI
Dec 20, 5:00 PM EST
2 GRAVY BOWL ROYAL CROWN DERBY DERBY POSIES XLI
by Auction by Daum
Est: $45- $100
$301 Bid
Royal Crown Derby deer designed exclusively for Ro…
Dec 11, 11:00 AM AEDT
Royal Crown Derby deer designed exclusively for Ro…
by Amanda Addams Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD801 Bid
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Vintage Royal Crown Derby Bone China Jewelry Dish
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Royal Crown Derby Bone China Jewelry Dish
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
Royal Crown Darby "Red Aves" 27 Piece Tea Set
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
Royal Crown Darby "Red Aves" 27 Piece Tea Set
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
GROUP OF EARLY 19TH CENTURY ENGLISH PORCELAIN, WITH SQUARE VEGETABLE DISH BY DERBY
Dec 15, 10:00 AM EST
GROUP OF EARLY 19TH CENTURY ENGLISH PORCELAIN, WITH SQUARE VEGETABLE DISH BY DERBY
by Potomack Company
Est: $50- $75
$201 Bid
Set of Five Royal Crown Derby Imari Cups, Saucers
Dec 14, 10:00 AM AEDT
Set of Five Royal Crown Derby Imari Cups, Saucers
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD120- AUD220
AUD601 Bid
Royal Crown Derby part service, approx 30 pieces
Dec 13, 10:00 AM AEDT
Royal Crown Derby part service, approx 30 pieces
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD1201 Bid
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ROYAL CROWN DERBY PORCELAIN VASE Late 19th Century Height 11”.
Dec 09, 9:30 AM EST
ROYAL CROWN DERBY PORCELAIN VASE Late 19th Century Height 11”.
by Eldred's
Est: $200- $250
$1001 Bid
A VERY FINE ROYAL CROWN DERBY PAPERWEIGHT "FROG" GOLD CAP ORIGINAL BOX
Dec 10, 12:00 PM EST
A VERY FINE ROYAL CROWN DERBY PAPERWEIGHT "FROG" GOLD CAP ORIGINAL BOX
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
A VERY FINE ROYAL CROWN DERBY PAPERWEIGHT "PENGUIN W/ CHICK", GOLD CAP ORIGINAL BOX
Dec 10, 12:00 PM EST
A VERY FINE ROYAL CROWN DERBY PAPERWEIGHT "PENGUIN W/ CHICK", GOLD CAP ORIGINAL BOX
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
PAIR OF VERY FINE ROYAL CROWN DERBY PAPERWEIGHTS "BEAR" & "COTTAGE KITTEN" GOLD CAP
Dec 10, 12:00 PM EST
PAIR OF VERY FINE ROYAL CROWN DERBY PAPERWEIGHTS "BEAR" & "COTTAGE KITTEN" GOLD CAP
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Royal Crown Derby China


RB Fine Arts

RB Fine Arts

Willow Auction House

Willow Auction House

Andrew Smith & Son

Andrew Smith & Son

Kinghams Auctioneers

Kinghams Auctioneers