Learn about Worcester / Royal Worcester

Among the most popular of the English porcelain factories among collectors is Royal Worcester. The Worcester porcelain company was founded in 1751.

The First Period of Worcester (1751-76) is sometimes called the Dr. Wall period after John Wall, one of the founders and major shareholders. During this period, Worcester was using the formula for soft paste porcelain which was obtained when they took over Lund's Bristol Porcelain works in 1752.

Worcester also introduced the use of transfer printing on porcelain in 1757, which reduced the need for hand painting which was time consuming and expensive.

In 1783 Thomas Flight purchased the factory for his sons Joseph & John. This period led to a change in the porcelain paste used, achieving a much better, whiter body. The style of decoration during this period became much more neoclassical in style.

In 1793 Martin Barr became a partner in the firm. As the partnership changed so did the names, Barr, Flight, Barr (1807-13), Flight Barr, Barr (1813-40).

In 1840 Worcester amalgamated with the Chamberlains' factory, also located at Worcester, but still producing from both works. more...

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A Royal Worcester four piece Aesthetic movement porcelain tea set, date code: 1889, all with black ground overlaid with flowers, foliage, and butterflies, handles formed as lizards, comprising a teapot, covered sugar, creamer, and a cup and saucer.

Pair Royal Worcester ewers. Blossom decoration. Gilt highlights. Marked RN 17049 and 1047 to bases. C.1904. Height 23 cm (each)

Antique Royal Worcester blush ivory jug with lizard decoration, (AF) 15 cm high

A Royal Worcester cream flat back jug, 1888, design 1094. the ovoid jug with a reeded handle and an upright scalloped rim, in a fine cream satin glaze with an Aesthetic movement arrangement of chrysanthemum flowers in various shades of gold; with puce back

Royal Worcester, porcelain ewer, 1903, painted by Harry Davis, the handle formed as Melusine clutching a dove to her breast, the body decorated with a continuous Arcadian landscape, signed 'H. Davis', with printed Royal Worcester mark to underside,

Royal Worcester ewer ovoid body painted with autumn leaves, fine raised gilt highlights on bright yellow ground, 36 cm height

Royal Worcester ewer ovoid body painted with highland cattle signed H. Stinton circa 1911 #1309, 27 cm height

Pair of antique Royal Worcester style ewers with design registration number to base 223799. One ewer has been repaired, 33.5 cm high approx.

A Royal Worcester ivory pitcher vase 1885. The straight sided tapering vase with a shaped pouring rim and an applied handle having a husk motif, rope twist border to the base and decorated with handpainted informal sprays of chrysanthemum flowers in pink a

Royal Worcester 'Highland cattle' pair of ewers by Harry Stinton of inverted funnel shape, with elaborate gilt handles & banding, stamped & dated 1910, numbered '1260'. Condition: good, minor wear to the gilding. Height 16 cm

A Royal Worcester ewer, decorated with flowers on an ivory ground, shape 1040. Height 34.5 cm

A Royal Worcester small jug, painted with roses, gilt handle, shape 1094. Height 13 cm

A Royal Worcester milk jug painted with a goldfinch by William Powell, barrel shape, signed, green mark, c.1929. Height 9.5 cm

Small handpainted Royal Worcester ewer signed R. Sebright, dated 1908, H17.5 cm approx

A Royal Worcester blush ivory lizard decorated ewer. 16 cm high.

A Victorian Royal Worcester blush ivory Arabesque ewer, circa 1901, the compressed circular body with a cylindrical neck, hand painted with a wildflower scene, pattern no. 1191, 26.5 cm high

A Royal Worcester ewer with moulded gilt dragon handle painted with a moonlit birds, probably by Charles Baldwyn, 1887, puce factory mark and model no. 1048 15 cm high

A Grainger Worcester ewer, painted by John Stinton, circa 1900, the ewer of tapering form, surmounted by a scrolling loop handle, reticulated pink ground spout highlighted with gilding, the body depicting British cattle in a misty landscape, by and signed

A Royal Worcester flatback jug. 1895, pattern 1094, the globular jug with a ribbed gilded handle and foliate mounts, decorated with floral sprays in muted tones with subtle gilt highlights upon an ivory ground; with puce backstamp and registration number u

A fine Thirty two piece Royal Worcester part dinner service. Variously dated 1880s to early 20th century, pattern Z277, variously signed to images, the lobed setting for six with a scrolled emerald green foliate border with a lace like over pattern of fine

Large Royal Worcester 'blush ivory' ewer with merman handle, height 44 cm approx

Antique Royal Worcester blush ivory jug and a vase, approx 15 cm high and shorter

Antique Royal Worcester jug, circa 1887, handpainted, 22 cm high approx.

A Royal Worcester flatback jug, 1894, pattern 1094, the globular jug with a ribbed gilded handle with foliate mounts, decorated with floral sprays of peony poppies and others in muted pastel tones with subtle gilt highlights upon an ivory ground; with puce

Royal Worcester blush ivory ewer having four panels painted with berries, incised detail & a gilded dragon handle, stamped to the base. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Height 36.5 cm

A Royal Worcester jug painted with roses, 1903, model no. 209B/H,14 cm high

Royal Worcester blush ivory jug vase, with handpainted decoration, 14 cm high approx.

An Eighty nine piece Royal Worcester dinner service, 1958-2001 period of manufacture, 'Viceroy gold' pattern, the white service for eight simply embellished with a gold rim and borders, comprising: dinner, entree, side plates, sweet bowls, bouillon and tea

Royal Worcester coffee set Roanoke pattern, comprising coffee pot, sugar, creamer, 14 coffee cans & saucers & a sweet dish

Royal Worcester blush ivory jug with handpainted floral decoration, 13 cm high approx.

Two pairs of Royal Worcester hand painted ivory ground jugs, circa 1900, the tallest 30 cm high (4)

A Hadley Worcester porcelain figural group vase, 1884, modelled as a resting boy and girl drinking water from a gilded jug, set upon a naturalistic base, 17 cm high.

A Royal Worcester ewer, signed H. Stinton. 17 cm high

A Hadley Worcester ewer, signed H W Martin painted with roses with a moulded decoration. 29 cm high

Royal Worcester blush ivory flat back pitcher painted with spring flowers to both sides, having a hand painted gilt handle with puce mark to base. Rd no 29115, 1094, dated 1896. Condition good, minor wear. Height 15.5 cm

A Royal Worcester tri-coloured jewelled reticulated creamer, attributed to George Owen, of double wall construction, pierced and finely decorated with applied jewel embellishments and gilding, factory marks to base. 9 cm high

Antique Royal Worcester blush ivory jugs and vases, approx 10 cm high and shorter (3)

Royal Worcester three piece tea set. 'Roanoke' pattern, including teapot; sugar bowl & cream jug. Height 18 cm (teapot)

A fine Royal Worcester snake handled porcelain ewer, 1901, of ovoid form with an exaggerated waisted neck and flaring rim, raised upon a slender pedestal to a spreading socle and square base, with finely patterned entwined snake handles, the body with gild