Background of Derby Porcelain
The production of the earliest Derby porcelain dates from the first half of the 18th century. The production of porcelain in Derby predates the commencement of the porcelain works of William Duesbury, started in 1756 when he joined Andrew Planche and John Heath to create the Nottingham Road factory, which later became Royal Crown Derby when King George III awarded Duesbury the rare honor of being allowed to incorporate His Majesty’s Crown into the Derby back stamp. Ever since then, the company has been known as Royal Crown Derby.
The first printed mention of the Derby factory dates from December 1756, when an advertisement in the Public Advertiser urged readers to participate in a sale by auction in London, sponsored by the Derby Porcelain Manufactory.
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