Dating royal crown derby
The company was then passed to Michael Kean, and the reputation of the Derby company began to decline and many important artists left the Derby factory in search of other opportunities. He was recognized as an art lover with an appreciation for works that were richly coloured and elegantly styled and under his leadership the company began designing brightly coloured Japanese imari patterns.
The new lines featured intricate geometric patterns layered with various floral designs and new artists were hired as the company restored its former glory.
No mechanical processes were used and no two pieces produced were exactly the same.
Among the items preserved was the original potters wheel used by the Duesburys.
This took the form of a small graphic illustration below the main mark and later, from 1938, a Roman numeral.
The V of 1904 can be confused with the Roman V of 1942 as can the X for 1901 and the Roman X for 1947.
Victorians relished the romantic and lavish designs that were produced by the Derby factory.
, the company introduced a line of paperweights which have become immensely popular and Royal Crown Derby still continues to produce patterns in the imari style.
Unfortunately, William Duesbury II died in 1797 at the young age of 34.The crown and interlinked D’s are now within a circle of ROYAL CROWN DERBY – ENGLISH BONE CHINA. This mark including popular Imari pattern number 1128 and with Roman Numeral year cypher for 1982.Derby porcelain also included a date cypher with most base marks produced at the Osmaston Road factory.The King bestowed upon Duesbury the rare honor of being allowed to incorporate His Majesty’s crown into the Derby backstamp. and the company was passed to his son, William Duesbury II.as he was educated and raised close to the porcelain business, William made an excellent leader.