Derby Porcelain notebook – 1822
May 2, 2012 5 Comments
Derby Museums have recently purchased a 19th Century Derby porcelain worker’s notebook.
The inside cover is inscribed ‘James Fairbanks, Derby 1822, No of Watch 28538’ and contains recipes and receipts for the production of Derby porcelain. James Fairbanks was a potter who in 1822 succeeded William Porter as overseer of the useful ware department at the Nottingham Road Factory, where he remained until his death in 1837.
Bamfords auctioneers pointed out that the titles of some of the recipes perhaps indicate the level of industrial espionage. It also illustrates the amount of competition between the factories of the day to produce the best and most commercially successful products.
This is a rare addition to the important porcelain collection that the museum holds.