The Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company is the oldest or second oldest remaining English porcelain manufacturer, based in Derby, England (disputed by Royal Worcester, who claim 1751 as their year of establishment). The company, particularly known for its high-quality bone china, has produced tableware and ornamental items since approximately 1750. It was known as 'Derby Porcelain' until 1773, when it became 'Crown Derby', the 'Royal' being added in 1890. The factory closed down in the past under Royal Doulton ownership, but production was revived under the renewed ownership of Hugh Gibson and Pearson family.
This adorable Royal Crown Derby "Robin" made for use as a paperweight is also a beautiful figurine. The piece was modeled by Robert Jefferson and the decoration was designed by Jo Ledger. The Imari color palette of royal and dark blue head, wing and tail feathers along with the rich russet breast feathers, all separated by gold stripping is gorgeous against the pure white porcelain body. The robin measures 3 1/2" in length, 3" in height, is marked in red with the company logo, decorator insignia and comes with customary gold stopper. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint. Original box is not available.
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