Royal Crown Derby
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Royal Crown Derby
The Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company is the oldest English porcelain manufacturer. Specialising in luxury, functional and decorative tableware and giftware, Royal Crown Derby is world renowned for the quality craftsmanship that's embodied at our Osmaston Works factory in Derby, England. With a wide and extensive collection of designs, Royal Crown Derby is the destination for luxury tableware whether you're looking for something traditional or a statement piece for your contemporary interior.
The history of Royal Crown Derby is one of changing fortunes in the ebb and flow of time and taste. It began some time before 1750, when the Huguenot, Andrew Planche, established the first china works in Derby. His exquisite figures led to a fortuitous link with William Duesbury, who eventually became the guiding light in a very successful partnership manufacturing china of the highest quality.
King George III recognised the uniqueness of Derby porcelain in 1775 when he granted the factory the rare honour of being able to incorporate a crown into the backstamp. Much later, in 1890, Queen Victoria also gave Crown Derby her seal of approval not only by awarding the royal warrant, but also by granting the title "The Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company".
Royal acclaim followed in 1890 when the company was appointed 'Manufacturers of porcelain to Her Majesty'.
Present product lines include paperweights, introduced in 1981 and immensely popular. Royal Crown Derby also continue to produce patterns in the Imari style, distinguished for its rich colours and intricate gilding, including the dinnerware ranges Old Imari, Traditional Imari, Red Aves, Blue Mikado and Olde Avesbury.
Ceramic industry business leader, Kevin Oakes, has acquired 100% of the share capital in Royal Crown Derby. In doing so, Mr Oakes has chosen to exit one of the world’s leading tableware manufacturers, Steelite International, after a 39-year tenure, the last 10 of which were spent as Chief Executive. Mr Oakes commented “Royal Crown Derby is one of the UK’s most iconic brands and I’ve always passionately believed that the business can succeed on the global stage.
Royal Crown Derby reveal an industry first, extending the technicalities of producing fine bone china through the use of a reactive glaze application unseen before on such a pure, translucent material. Hand-applied sprayed for the Art Glaze Collection and hand applied brushed application for the Studio Glaze Collection, each item of tableware individually reacts to the glaze producing a unique result, without method or conscious decision during the firing and glaze process.
Focusing on new and innovative design in pattern and shape, Royal Crown Derby strives to be inspired by its heritage and provenance and to continue delivering British spirit and determination to ensure people treasure their Royal Crown Derby pieces for years to come.