Royal Crown Derby

Andrew Planche, a Huguenot refugee, founded this company under the name Derby Porcelain around 1750 in the first china works in Derby. It’s skilled artisans produced china of the highest quality, to the point where they were competing with Dresden china. In 1775 the Royal household allowed the factory to incorporate the crown into its backstamp. A century later, in 1890, Queen Victoria gave Crown Derby a royal warrant. This also gave the company the right to use the title “The Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company”.

Through the centuries the artisans of the Derby Works innovated in shapes, glaze, decoration of its china dinnerware patterns and in its production processes.

Steelite International now owns the company and it is one of the few remaining manufacturers still producing in the UK.

We list the Royal Crown Derby patterns alphabetically. Please click on a pattern tab below to get to your pattern page. There we:

  • describe the pattern
  • list the items available, and
  • include information about the condition of the items.

We will strive to provide whatever other information you need if you contact us with your questions.

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