Derby has its day

In my monthly column in Homes & Antiques, the last two months I wrote about the emerging porcelain factories in Chelsea and Bow (both in London). This month I am moving further north to the beautiful small city of Derby.

The Derby factory was intimately linked to Chelsea and Bow; it was inspired by them, became an important competitor, and eventually ended up buying them and using much of their expertise to create its famous, top quality porcelain. Derby took British porcelain a step further. The story of Derby is interesting because it started so very modest in a hand-built kiln in a back yard, yet became a very powerful and modern factory that is still running today.