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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 Service
Feb 21, 9:00 AM PST
Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Service
by Abell Auction
Est: $600- $800
$7507 Bids
Royal Crown Derby Bone China Olde Avesbury Plate
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Royal Crown Derby Bone China Olde Avesbury Plate
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$116 Bids
Royal Crown Derby Imari 94 Piece China Service Set
Feb 25, 10:00 AM PST
Royal Crown Derby Imari 94 Piece China Service Set
by Hughes Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,7005 Bids
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ROYAL CROWN DERBY IMARI PIG PAPER WEIGHT
Feb 22, 9:00 AM AEST
ROYAL CROWN DERBY IMARI PIG PAPER WEIGHT
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD553 Bids
Forty Royal Crown Derby Dinner Plates
Feb 21, 9:00 AM PST
Forty Royal Crown Derby Dinner Plates
by Abell Auction
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$8503 Bids
A pair of Derby porcelain two handled covered urns, circa 1785
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
A pair of Derby porcelain two handled covered urns, circa 1785
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2502 Bids
Set of 24 Royal Crown Derby Traditional Imari Dinner Plates
Feb 21, 9:00 AM PST
Set of 24 Royal Crown Derby Traditional Imari Dinner Plates
by Abell Auction
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5502 Bids
Royal Crown Derby Salt Pig or Skuttle
Mar 01, 11:00 AM EST
Royal Crown Derby Salt Pig or Skuttle
by Nest Egg Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$201 Bid
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Royal Crown Derby Bone China Paperweight, Bullfinch Nesting
Feb 27, 2:00 PM EST
Royal Crown Derby Bone China Paperweight, Bullfinch Nesting
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
Antique Royal Crown Derby Old Imari Porcelain Planter On Brass Mounting
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Royal Crown Derby Old Imari Porcelain Planter On Brass Mounting
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
Royal Crown Derby Old Imari 1128 large twin handled rectangular bowl. Diameter: 34.5cm
Mar 08, 10:00 AM GMT
Royal Crown Derby Old Imari 1128 large twin handled rectangular bowl. Diameter: 34.5cm
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £300- £600
£1501 Bid
ROYAL CROWN DERBY PORCELAIN & GILT FOOTED EWER, 1900. FLORAL & DOT DESIGNS
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
ROYAL CROWN DERBY PORCELAIN & GILT FOOTED EWER, 1900. FLORAL & DOT DESIGNS
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $150- $200
$1300 Bids
ROYAL CROWN DERBY HAND PAINTED PORCELAIN JARDINIERE CACHE POT C. 1815
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
ROYAL CROWN DERBY HAND PAINTED PORCELAIN JARDINIERE CACHE POT C. 1815
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $300- $400
$2500 Bids
ROYAL CROWN DERBY HAND PAINTED PORCELAIN CABINET PLATE GRISAILLES DEER C1800
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
ROYAL CROWN DERBY HAND PAINTED PORCELAIN CABINET PLATE GRISAILLES DEER C1800
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $200- $300
$1600 Bids
12 ROYAL CROWN DERBY PORCELAIN DINNER PLATES CIRCA 1880
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
12 ROYAL CROWN DERBY PORCELAIN DINNER PLATES CIRCA 1880
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $400- $500
$3000 Bids
19TH CENTURY DERBY ENGLISH HAND PAINTED PORCELAIN PLAQUE FLOWERS FRAMED
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
19TH CENTURY DERBY ENGLISH HAND PAINTED PORCELAIN PLAQUE FLOWERS FRAMED
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $250- $400
$2000 Bids
Large lot of approximately fifty-three objects of
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
Large lot of approximately fifty-three objects of
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
A ROYAL CROWN DERBY POT PORRI VASE AND COVER
Feb 28, 9:30 AM GMT
A ROYAL CROWN DERBY POT PORRI VASE AND COVER
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £70- £100
£350 Bids
A SET OF CROWN DERBY PORCELAIN PLATES
Feb 28, 9:30 AM GMT
A SET OF CROWN DERBY PORCELAIN PLATES
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £50- £80
£250 Bids
Derby Faience Deep Plate Decorated 1877-1890
Feb 28, 5:00 PM EST
Derby Faience Deep Plate Decorated 1877-1890
by Absolute Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$300 Bids
A Victorian Royal Crown Derby bottle vase and cover with gilt floral decora
Feb 25, 9:00 AM GMT
A Victorian Royal Crown Derby bottle vase and cover with gilt floral decora
by Claydon Auctioneers
Est: £40- £60
£400 Bids
Two Royal Crown Derby paperweights, one modelled as a snail, the other as N
Feb 25, 9:00 AM GMT
Two Royal Crown Derby paperweights, one modelled as a snail, the other as N
by Claydon Auctioneers
Est: £20- £40
£200 Bids

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