Royal Crown Derby paperweights
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 www.goldingyoung.com