Of the English producers of porcelain, the Royal Crown Derby works may not be the best-known, but its output had the highest reputation across three centuries.
Derby was best-known for its "Japanese pattern" or "Old Imari" designs, which were hand-painted onto Derby's pure-white porcelain body in cobalt, iron red and gold. In addition to full-size pieces, at the turn of the 20th century, Derby also made miniatures which were as carefully and intricately-painted as their full-scale pieces.
The Milbourns, experts on English miniatures, who had a decided bias towards 18th and 19th items, can only denigrate Derby's miniatures by saying that they are "Over luscious, particularly in their extensive gilding." ("Understanding Miniature British Pottery and Porcelain", p 75).
This is the bottom to a miniature box which is an oblong hexagon. The painted decoration on it is quite extraordinary.
Condition: lacking its lid, otherwise fine.
Marked: Royal Crown Derby England with a crown in red. Shape #1128. No date code, but this piece dates to 1900-1910.
Item ID: 2265
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