Royal Crown Derby footed dish, c.1905

This porcelain serving dish was made in England by Royal Crown Derby in 1905. It is hand painted in the Imari palette of cobalt blue, iron red, and gilt. On the underside is a red printed mark ROYAL CROWN DERBY, ENGLAND with cypher and an incised mark DERBY, 7-04, dating it to 1905. It measures 10 inches by 7 inches and is 1.75 inches high.

Although two painted metal staples on top of one of the handles hint at what is hiding below deck, it isn’t until this pretty dish is flipped over that things gets more interesting. After this dish fell to the floor and shattered into 9 pieces, it was taken to a china mender, who made it whole again by drilling 68 tiny holes and adding 34 metal staples. Typically china menders charged per staple, so this repair job must have cost the owner a pretty penny.

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5 Responses to “Royal Crown Derby footed dish, c.1905”

  1. Scott says:

    Wow, when I say the back (first) I thought “I’d probably throw that dish away from the damage, but when I saw the front I understand why they fixed it so thoroughly.

  2. Larry Terricone says:

    This is an amazement.

  3. Leslie LeFevre-Stratton says:

    I’d say who ever dropped this was feeling very badly (or very guilty ……)
    What a great example of a professional staple repair!

  4. Naomi Sigler says:

    ahhh to be so loved!

  5. Christian Salmen says:

    who knows how the holes for the staples were drilled? The work with the staples is great, but ceramics are hard and for such thin diameter I wonder how it could be drilled.

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