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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Signed Royal Worcester lidded potpourri jar. Signed indistinctly. Hand painted fruit decoration. Pierced lid. All with gilt highlights. Marked H169B to base. Height 20 cm

Royal Worcester Stinton lidded potpourri jar. Signed J Stinton. Highland cattle decoration. Including pierced cover and separate internal cap. Stamped 2048 to base. C.1915. Height 25 cm

Royal Worcester lidded potpourri jar. Painted floral decoration with gilt highlights. Pierced cover with separate internal cap. Height 34 cm

Royal Worcester potpourri with inner lid, hand painted floral sprays on ivory ground

A Royal Worcester potpourri vase and cover painted by Skerrett, Shape H162, painted with peaches and blackberries on a mossy ground, signed. Height 12 cm

A Royal Worcester potpourri jar, hand painted with peaches and grapes on mossy ground, signed J. Skerrett, height 13 cm

A Royal Worcester potpourri vase, hand painted fruit. Signed Freeman. 11.5 cm high.

A small Royal Worcester vase, 1910, the waisted pot shaped vase with four Persian style cartouches enclosing softly painted pink and yellow roses upon a pastel sponged ground; with green backstamp underside. Height 8.5 cm

Royal Worcester pot pouri jar, signed P. D. Love handpainted fruit decoration, 13 cm high approx

Royal Worcester signed hand painted potpourri jar with fruit decoration, 12 cm high approx

Royal Worcester. Pair of porcelain pot pourri. Hand painted with roses, together with a covered vase, signed (A/F) (3). Height 14.5 cm. Provenance: The Estate of Nancy Melick, NSW

Royal Worcester signed William Harbron pot pouri jardiniere, with 2 handles and 4 botanical form feet, hand painted roses design, signed W. Harbron, small chip to one foot, circa 1912, 19.5 cm high

Royal Worcester Hadley Ware lidded pot & vase with floral decoration, 13 cm & 11 cm high approx

A Royal Worcester H279 potpourri painted by Harry Ayrton, with peaches and grapes on a mossy ground, gilt embellished mouldings at the shoulder and a pierced gilt cover with cupola finial, black mark, c.1949. Height 11.5 cm

A Royal Worcester H175 potpourri painted by Millie Hunt, with roses, gilt embellished mouldings at the shoulder and a pierced gilt cover with cupola finial, black mark, c.1950. Height 11.5 cm.

A Royal Worcester H261 potpourri, painted by M. Miller, with blackberry fruit, blossom and leaves, gilt embellished mouldings at the shoulder and a pierced gilt cover with cupola finial, raised on four gilded feet, black mark, c.1952. Height 11.5 cm

A Royal Worcester chocolate pot and cover having fine floral and gilt decoration. 26 cm high

Pair of lidded Grainger and Co Worcester pierced rim and jewelled surround painted cartouches pot pourri all on tri footed bases, each approx 12 cm high (one is A/F) (2)

Royal Worcester blush ivory lidded pot pouri, hand painted with floral group, 13.5 cm high approx

Royal Worcester blush ivory lidded pot pouri hand painted with floral group. Height 21 cm

Royal Worcester pot pouri handpainted Highland cattle scene & signed by H. Stinton, 12 cm high approx.

A Royal Worcester potpourri jar painted by Stinton, with Highland cattle in a misty landscape, squat ovoid shape with gilt basket work detailing to the lower half, surmounted by a pierced gilded cover (repairs). Black mark c.1952. Height 20 cm

A Royal Worcester lidded potpourri jar and cover, similar to above, painted with peaches and grapes, signed by the artist D. Buckle. Height 13 cm

A modern Royal Worcester fruit painted potpourri jar and cover, similar to above, signed by the artist J. Skerrett, printed mark to the base and painted H291A. Height 13 cm

A modern Royal Worcester ovoid form potpourri jar and cover, fruit painted with apples and grapes on a mossy ground, signed by the artist L.K. Till, gilded bands and lid with traditional pierced decoration, printed marks to base and painted H291. Height 13

A modern Royal Worcester fruit painted potpourri jar and cover, similar to above, decorated with apples, grapes and blackberry, signed by the artist A. Kendry, elaborately gilded, printed marks to the base and painted H175. Height 12 cm

A modern Royal Worcester fruit painted potpourri jar and cover, similar to above, decorated with apples and grapes, signed by the artist J. Skerrett. Height 120.

A modern Royal Worcester fruit painted potpourri jar and cover, the four panelled body painted with peaches and blackberries on a leaf and mossy ground, signed by the artist J. Skerrett, the panel framing and pierced lid elaborately gilded, printed and pai

A modern Royal Worcester large potpourri hand painted fruit jar and cover, painted with peaches, blackberry and cherries on a leaf and mossy ground, the reverse with a grape bunch, signed by the artist, Freeman, the internal lid with larger pierced crown f

A Royal Worcester floral decorated pot pourri, signed K. Blake. 13 cm high

A Royal Worcester fruit decorated pot pourri, signed K. Blake. 18 cm high

A Royal Worcester potpourri jar, painted by Harry Stinton, squat ovoid shape, decorated with Highland cattle in a misty landscape; the pierced cover fixed to the base; c.1955. Height 12 cm

Royal Worcester ginger jar with fruit painting and signed Kerret, height 18cm

A signed Royal Worcester covered vase, 1956, with signature of Harry Stinton. a globular pot with a pierced domed lid and finial having an applied decorative collar and frame in burnished olive gold colours creating four shaped reserves with finely painted

A George Owen Royal Worcester pot and cover, signed George Owen to the base. 11 cm high, 13 cm wide across the handles, 8 cm deep. Some restoration to the bowl.

A Royal Worcester pot pourri vase, lid and cover, decorated with fruit painted by Harry Ayrton, signed, factory mark for 1950, model no. 2048. 24 cm high

A small signed Royal Worcester pot pourri together with another small Royal Worcester vase finial (A/F). 14 cm

A late 20th century Royal Worcester potpourri vase and cover painted with fruit, signed Telford, shape 1286 marked sterling silver D.H, 21 cm high

A Grainger Worcester pot pourri with painted pheasants, signed James Stinton. 18.5 cm high

A Royal Worcester Harry Stinton pot pourri urn and cover, the squat spherical body painted with two highland cattle signed H Stinton, the pierced and gilded domed cover with finial, raised on four scrolling and gilded feet. Black mark shape height 261. Dat

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