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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

Royal Crown Derby – 4 Day Week & £1m Dinner Set!

Derby-based Royal Crown Derby is taking active measures to beat the credit crunch.

Firstly, it is introducing a new luxury dinner ware range, the Heritage Collection. A full (palace-sized) set of this range is estimated to set you back around £1m. Plates cost around £10,000 and even a humble teapot is £5,000…

The second measure being taken by the company is to put its 200 factory workers onto a 4-day week. As well as falling demand due to the economic downturn, Royal Crown Derby has apparently also been hit by the demise of Waterford Wedgwood, who sold the pottery’s wares through its retail outlets.

Royal Crown Derby hopes that the 4-day week will only be a short term measure but says that it is acting early to try and avoid redundancies amongst its skilled, UK workforce.

Jobs Cuts at Royal Crown Derby Factory

Thirty jobs are to be cut at the Royal Crown Derby factory in Osmaston Road, Derby.

The announcement was made to the company’s 230 staf by chief executive Hugh Gibson, who said the cuts were necessary for the company to survive.

Royal Crown Derby blamed the job cuts on the slowing UK economy, which has resulted in falling demand for its products.

Source – thisisderbyshire.co.uk