A talented entrepreneur, Duesbury developed a new body which contained glass frit, soapstone and calcined bone.
This enabled the factory to begin producing high-quality tableware.
Crown Derby’s patterns became immensely popular during the late Victorian era, as their romantic and lavish designs exactly met the popular taste of the period.
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In 1745 André Planché, a Huguenot immigrant from Saxony, settled in Derby, where between 17 he made soft-paste porcelain vases and figurines.
At the beginning of 1756 he formed a business partnership with William Duesbury (1725–1786), a porcelain painter formerly at Chelsea porcelain factory and Longton Hall, and the banker John Heath.
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.
In 1935 Royal Crown Derby acquired the King Street factory, thus reuniting the two strands of the business. Pearson and Son and became part of the Allied English Potteries Group, later to be joined by Royal Doulton.