A Chelsea/Derby tea bowl and saucer, circa 1770.

The teabowl has a crossed swords mark and a gold anchor, the saucer a gold anchor mark only. The crossed swords mark of Meissen was often used by other porcelain manufacturers because it conferred the cachet of high quality porcelain. For the same reason, Derby products were sometimes advertised using the formula, ‘Derby, the second Dresden’. However, by 1770, the Chelsea/Derby factory was changing direction and beginning to look to Sèvres for inspiration.

REFERENCE: CER0690

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