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Royal Crown Derby

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The first china factory was established in Derby in the middle of the 18th century by Andrew Planche. He eventually went into partnership with William Duesbury who, in 1770, bought the Chelsea China Works, transferring many of the workers from London to Derby. A London showroom was opened in 1773, which brought widespread fame and recognition to the company. The skill and craft that went into what the factory produced was recognised by the Royal Family, and in 1775 George III allowed the company to include a crown in its trademark stamp.

The death of William Duesbury's son at the end of the 18th century led to a decline in the fortunes of the company when many of its leading artists left, but in the early 1800s the painting team was rebuilt, and eventually a major new factory was opened on the current site at Osmaston Road in the city. The company received its royal warrant from Queen Victoria in 1890. In 1964, it joined Allied English Potteries, but in 2000 a former director led a buy-out of the company, which is once more independent. Crown Derby porcelain is much collected, paperweights being a particularly favoured item.

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Worldwide trademark of Great Britain unsurpassed by any other.

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