The range of Royal Crown Derby is expansive; there are figurines, vases, bone china and dinnerware. The Royal Crown Derby figurine collection dates all the way back to the beginning of the company in the mid 1700’s; many of these figurines feature detailed and delicate designs.
During the period of 1786-1795 some of Derby’s most coveted artists worked in the factory, these included Boreman, who worked in watercolours, Banford and Askew who painted figures and also Withers, Billingsley and Pegg who were extremely talented flower painters. Large, more flamboyant pieces were produced after Robert Bloor took control of Crown Derby; the decorated Imari and Japanese patterns were very popular and typical of this time.
After 1877 new decorative techniques and shapes were introduced, raised gilding, piercing and rich colours were used. Indian and Persian art was an influence and widened the appeal of the company. In 1890 Desire Leroy began with the company, he was identified as raising the standards of hand painting and gilding, his plates, vases and ornamental pieces are very collectable.
The company changed hands several times throughout its history so there is variety of designs and styles to collect, resulting in the possibility of very diverse collections that suit a wide variety of tastes.
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