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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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A set of two teacups, saucer and underplate sets including Aynsley and Royal Crown Derby
Jul 25, 1:00 PM AEST
A set of two teacups, saucer and underplate sets including Aynsley and Royal Crown Derby
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD454 Bids
2 x Royal Crown Derby cat paper weights, made in England. Largest is 13cm H, 7.5cm W, 5.5cm D.
Jul 28, 7:00 PM AEST
2 x Royal Crown Derby cat paper weights, made in England. Largest is 13cm H, 7.5cm W, 5.5cm D.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD604 Bids
Royal Crown Derby- Carolina Duck paper weight, made in England. 12cm W, 7cm D, 9cm H.
Jul 28, 7:00 PM AEST
Royal Crown Derby- Carolina Duck paper weight, made in England. 12cm W, 7cm D, 9cm H.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD353 Bids
(32 Pc) Royal Crown Derby For Tiffany & Co Porcelain Tea Set
Aug 06, 12:00 PM EDT
(32 Pc) Royal Crown Derby For Tiffany & Co Porcelain Tea Set
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $500- $5,000
$2002 Bids
Royal Crown Derby Bone China Peacock Figurine
Jul 27, 10:00 AM MST
Royal Crown Derby Bone China Peacock Figurine
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
Royal Crown Derby dinner suite with floral pattern
Jul 25, 1:00 PM AEST
Royal Crown Derby dinner suite with floral pattern
by Lawsons
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD602 Bids
(115 Pc) Royal Crown Derby 4651 Japonisme Patterned Porcelain Service
Aug 06, 12:00 PM EDT
(115 Pc) Royal Crown Derby 4651 Japonisme Patterned Porcelain Service
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $500- $5,000
$2001 Bid
A pair of Royal Crown Derby Imari style tea trios (H:5cm)
Jul 25, 1:00 PM AEST
A pair of Royal Crown Derby Imari style tea trios (H:5cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD151 Bid
A Royal Crown Derby six person tea suite decorated with gilt pattern
Jul 25, 1:00 PM AEST
A Royal Crown Derby six person tea suite decorated with gilt pattern
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD151 Bid
Very Rare Derby Dwarf Figural Porcelain Tobacco Humidor
Aug 02, 11:00 AM EDT
Very Rare Derby Dwarf Figural Porcelain Tobacco Humidor
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$500 Bids
Royal Crown Derby Imari Demitasses, Pair
Aug 07, 11:00 AM EDT
Royal Crown Derby Imari Demitasses, Pair
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$500 Bids
Royal Crown Derby England Gilt Reticulated Porcelain Twin Handled Vase 1886
Aug 18, 10:00 AM PDT
Royal Crown Derby England Gilt Reticulated Porcelain Twin Handled Vase 1886
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $200- $300
$1600 Bids
Royal Crown Derby Hand Painted Porcelain Ewer
Aug 18, 10:00 AM PDT
Royal Crown Derby Hand Painted Porcelain Ewer
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $150- $200
$1200 Bids
Pair Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Covered Vases or Urns Cobalt Blue & Gilt 1891
Aug 18, 10:00 AM PDT
Pair Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Covered Vases or Urns Cobalt Blue & Gilt 1891
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$1,0000 Bids
Royal Crown Derby for Gilman Collamore Porcelain Gilt Twin Handled Urn c1880
Aug 18, 10:00 AM PDT
Royal Crown Derby for Gilman Collamore Porcelain Gilt Twin Handled Urn c1880
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $200- $250
$1500 Bids
Derby English Porcelain Cobalt Blue and Gilt Urn Cabinet Plate crca 1780
Aug 18, 10:00 AM PDT
Derby English Porcelain Cobalt Blue and Gilt Urn Cabinet Plate crca 1780
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $200- $300
$1600 Bids
Pair Royal Crown Derby Figural Children Shell Form Porcelain Dishes circa 1880s
Aug 18, 10:00 AM PDT
Pair Royal Crown Derby Figural Children Shell Form Porcelain Dishes circa 1880s
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $120- $150
$1000 Bids
A Duesbury Derby vase, bird panel; a cup and saucer; an 18th century figure
Jul 24, 10:00 AM BST
A Duesbury Derby vase, bird panel; a cup and saucer; an 18th century figure
by Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd
Est: £25- £35
£250 Bids
R Bennett for Royal Crown Derby, a rose
Jul 26, 10:00 AM BST
R Bennett for Royal Crown Derby, a rose
by Kinghams Auctioneers
Est: £100- £200
£800 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Royal Crown Derby China


Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Taylor & Harris

Taylor & Harris

Lawsons

Lawsons

Bargain Hunt Auctions

Bargain Hunt Auctions