These plates tell a story

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This beautiful set of plates made by Bloor Derby can tell us a rich family history.

The famous Crown Derby factory, owned and made great by William Duysbury in the 18th Century, had been struggling ever since the founder had died. William's son suffered from ill health and died young, leaving behind his wife Elisabeth and a 10-year old son, who developed no interest in the company. A clever employee, the brilliant Irish miniature painter Michael Kean, then married Elisabeth and took over ownership of the company.