Book Review: Royal Crown Derby by Margaret Sargeant

This book is written by Crown Derby expert Margaret Sargeant, who worked for the Royal Crown Derby museum for fourteen years. She has written and lectured widely on the factory and is an authority on the company.

This is a concise book providing a good introduction to the history of Derby porcelain from 1750 right through to the present day.

Royal Crown Derby by Margaret Sargeant
Split into three sections it covers the three main eras of Royal Crown Derby working from the Nottingham Road Factory (c1750-1848), to the King Street Factory (c1848-1935), and then on to the Osmaston Road factory (c1877 – onwards) where it remains today.

Each section provides a historical guide into the porcelain factory with many interesting early photographs that are mostly in colour. An added bonus to any enthusiast is that at the end of each section is a summary of the pottery marks used by the factory at that time. Having pictures of pottery marks is especially useful when you’re trying to identify pieces and date them.

This is another of Shire Books A5-sized format and is generally clear to read with photographs breaking up the pages well. It’s nice to have a concise book that not only works you through the history of a pottery but also provides you with information on the pottery marks used.

For under £5 it’s certainly worth the money if you’re interested in a general introduction to Royal Crown Derby.

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Book Details

Title: Royal Crown Derby
Author: Margaret Sargeant
RRP: £4.99
Publisher: Shire Books
ISBN: 978-0-74780-443-7
Format: A5 paperback, 40 pages

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