Fine bone china made in England includes china from the Coalport, Derby, Davenport, Herculaneum Pottery, Mintons, Spode, Wedgwood and Royal Worcester companies. Since its invention, most bone china has come from the Stoke-on-Trent region of England. Bone china was invented in 1749 by Thomas Frye and perfected by Josiah Spode, who went on to found Spode Ceramics Works, one of the first purveyors of bone china.Know More
The major English bone china companies were all founded within 50 years of the invention of bone china, beginning with Royal Worcester and Derby in 1751 and ending with Coalport China in 1795. They also were almost all centered near Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire; the one exception is Herculaneum Pottery, which was founded in Liverpool but imported all its craftsmen from Staffordshire. Wedgwood, one of the best-known bone china companies, merged with Waterford Crystal in 1987.
Bone china takes its name from the bone ash added to the soft-porcelain mixture used to make the china. The addition of the bone ash keeps the porcelain from developing fine cracks and also allows for more steadfast colors and gilding. Spode's formulation called for six parts of bone ash to four parts of china stone and three-and-a-half parts china clay. This same formula is still used for most bone china.Learn more about Tableware
Tuscan is a brand of fine English bone china produced from 1876-1967 in Staffordshire, England. The company is owned by Wedgwood as of 2014, and its products bear the name "Royal Tuscan." Tuscan china is popular among collectors who appreciate its vivid colors and bold patterns. Many patterns feature elaborate hand-painted designs.Full Answer >
The value of Bavarian fine china is determined by the condition of the china, the rarity, discontinued status and the region. For example, identical discontinued dinner plates, Chateau Dresden by Schumann/Bavaria, can be purchased on various websites: on Etsy for $49, on eBay for $89 and $187 and on Replacements Ltd for $109 and $189.Full Answer >
Brands offering fine china dinnerware include Ralph Lauren, Charter Club, Lenox, the Hotel Collection, Waterford and Mikasa. Bernardaud, Cru, Denby and Donna Karan Lenox also make fine china dinnerware, as do Gorham, Jay Imports and even Kate Spade. Fine china differs from ordinary china because it contains cow bone ash, notes fine china retailer Noritake.Full Answer >
Bone china is made from cow bone, china clay, also referred to as kaolin, and china stone or "Cornish stone," a granite that contains quartz and feldspar. The ash from the cow bone usually comprises at least 30 to 50 percent of the material in this type of china.Full Answer >