The show includes a number of pieces from all three Derby porcelain factories. Most works are included on loan from private collections and many are rare or previously unrecorded.
John Astle of the Derby Porcelain Society, which is staging the exhibition, says it is intended to “show many lesser known, unrecorded and newly discovered pieces” to generate interest among the “collectors and enthusiasts” who attend the fair.
The Society has also produced a full-colour catalogue detailing each of the exhibits, which the society hopes will serve as reference guide for years to come. The exhibition has been staged in association with the Royal Crown Derby Museum.
Derby porcelain was first manufactured in the mid-18th century and continues to produce pieces today. The three main factories are Nottingham Road (1756-1848), King Street (1848-1935) and Osmaston Road (1877-present). Founded in 1984, the Derby Porcelain Society arranges several events for members every year including seminars and study meetings.
Antiques for Everyone takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from November 23-26. It includes a programme of celebrity talks by Judith Miller, Will Farmer and Marc Allum.