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Chelsea
Chelsea

The second of the English porcelain manufacturers. Operated C1743-1769, and produced some of the finest and most highly prized wares of the period.

Bow
Bow

The first of the English porcelain manufacturers. Operated C1740-1776. Their early and mid output is exceptionally fine and represents some of the best early English porcelain made.

Derby
Derby

Operating from around 1750 and into the present day. A prolific maker of fine porcelain, particularly dinner wares and figures.

Wedgwood
Wedgwood

Operating from 1759 to the present day. The best known maker of stoneware and earthenwares, particularly jasperware; about ten distinct bodies were made, including creamware and bone china.

Worcester

Operating from 1751 to the present, it vies with Derby for the title of oldest extant porcelain factory. Their success was due to Dr Wall’s development of a body that would stand up to hot water, a particular failing of many of the other early factories.

Leeds

Operating from 1756 to 1881. Mostly known for their fine creamware, which was often finely pierced.