Royal Crown Derby paperweights


John Taylors, Louth
Collectables, Antiques, Furniture, Ceramics, Clocks, Pictures and Jewellery, Tue 7th Sep, 10am

Robert Bell & Co, Horncastle
Auctions online only and entries being accepted. Period & Modern Household Furniture & Effects, Wed 29th Sep, 10am.

Golding Young, Bourne
Collective Sale, Wed & Thu 1st & 2nd Sept, 10am.
Bourne Toy, Transport & Automobilia Sale, Wed 22nd Sep, 10am.
General Sale, Thu 23rd Sep, 10am.

Golding Young, Grantham
Collective Sale, Wed 8th & Thu 9th Sep, 10am.

Golding Young, Lincoln
Collective Sale, Wed 15th & Thu 16th Sep, 10am.

Batemans of Stamford
Fine Art, Antiques and Specialist Collectors, Sat 11th Sep, 10am.

Stamford Auction Rooms, Stamford
Estate of the late Susan Sutton of Geeston Lodge, Sat 25th Sep, 10am. Online only.

Unique Auctions, Lincoln
Antiques & Collectors Auction, Fri 24th, Sat 25th & Sun 26th, Sep, 9am.

Please refer to the websites of each company to see the most recent updates on auction postponements and cancellations.

Words by:
William Gregory MRICS
Featured in:
September 2021

By William Gregory MRICS, Golding Young and Mawer.

Royal Crown Derby paperweights combine history, tradition and collectability.

The history of Derby Porcelain goes back to the mid-18th century. The company was one of the first to market commemorative wares when in 1761 they produced a piece for the coronation of King George III.

In 1890 Queen Victoria awarded the company a Royal Warrant and granted them the title ‘The Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company’.

From the 19th century and throughout the 20th century the company has produced many of its wares using the Imari pattern. This design originates from the ancient Orient with its motifs and use of under glazed blue with red and gilt highlights.

The Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company began production of fine bone china paperweights using the Imari pattern in 1981.

The first designs were five birds and a rabbit launched at a special reception at Chatsworth House. As well as the use of the Imari pattern, the paperweights come with a distinctive gilt stopper. Since 1981 production has expanded to over 450 individual designs as well as 30 series collections, 32 figures and 44 miniature models.

At a recent auction in Lincoln, a collection of over 200 examples made nearly £3,000 with six of the lots highlighted.

The full catalogue and hammer prices can be found at 

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