Derby Porcelain: Artistry from the 18th century to the present day
Discover hidden treasures from an array of private collections on public display for the first time at the Antiques for Everyone Winter Fair.
In addition to securing fascinating pieces for your collection or home and discovering hidden treasures from the range of 200 specialist art, antique and decorative dealers, be the first to witness world renowned porcelain from Derby.
Porcelain production in Derby has continued without a break since the middle of the 18th century. It began in a small factory in Nottingham Road which grew to become one of the most important in Europe. This factory closed in 1848 and a group of its former employees set up small factory in King Street, continuing the traditions of its predecessor. In 1878 another porcelain factory opened in Osmaston Road, quickly growing in size to become the Royal Crown Derby we know today. In 1935 it took over the King Street business, securing the historical link back to the founding factory.
The Derby Porcelain Society will be showcasing over 100 pieces of world renowned Derby porcelain at this Winters antique fair at the NEC in Birmingham. The pieces were first manufactured in the mid eighteenth century and originate from a selection of private collections. Many will be on public display for the first time, bringing a unique and one-off opportunity to the fair.
The exhibition will feature examples from the production of all three Derby porcelain factories from c.1750 to the present day and will include many rare and previously unrecorded pieces.
Alongside being able to witness unique and one-off pieces of porcelain, visitors have the opportunity to engage with a full colour catalogue providing in-depth information at this Winters antique fair, as well as acting as reference work for the future. The catalogue will consist of every item featured at the exhibition with a selection of images for each piece - a unique tool for all porcelain lovers.
The Derby Porcelain Society was founded when a group of enthusiasts organised a public meeting at Derby City Museum and Art Gallery on 1st September 1984. A Steering Committee was set up and the Society held its Inaugural General Meeting at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 9th March 1985.
The objects of the Society are to promote, develop and maintain public education in and appreciation of Derby Porcelain and Derbyshire ceramics of all periods. They produce and publish a number of quality publications each year, organise meetings where knowledgeable individuals are invited to speak to members on a whole range of subjects usually associated with Derbyshire ceramics and arrange visits for members to museums and to view private collections.
Now in its 33rd year, the Society remains both vibrant and active in its pursuit of the aims of our founding fathers, whilst also moving forward and embracing the benefits that modern technology offers us.
Celebrate the wonderful world of Derby porcelain this winter at Antiques for Everyone, 23 - 26 November 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham.