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 potpourri urn and cover painted by Harry Stinton, (1883-1968), ovoid shape 2048 with moulded and gilded detail at the foot and shoulder, with internal cover and pierced cupola lid with further lavish gilding. The body painted with Highlan

A mid-20th century Royal Worcester hand painted Highland Cattle potpourri by Harry Stinton, the lobed ovoid vase with two cattle in a landscape setting, gilt enrichments, the pierced lid with ovoid finial, the point with chip. Printed marks, date code for

Royal Worcester porcelain reticulated covered pot, in the Persian style, green marks to foot, no.846, stands 12.5 cm tall, the cover is 20 cm in diameter approx

A Grainger, Lee & Co Worcester pot pourri, circa 1815, with elegant neoclassical styling, the swollen rectangular casket with moulded acanthus and lappet borders, vegetal handles and raised on four legs in the form of swans with bowed heads, in gilt up

A Royal Worcester pot pourri decorated with flowers. 20 cm high.

A Royal Worcester pot pourri vase and cover, 'Roses' by Kitty Blake, 1918, of ovoid form with raised gilded shoulder, painted both sides, model no 169H, 20 cm high

A large Royal Worcester pot pourri vase and cover, 'Roses' indistinctly signed, H. Martill?, 1911, with trellis and lattice design in relief on cover, foot and base, model no 1286, 31 cm high

A Royal Worcester pot pourri vase and cover, 'Sheep' by Harry Davis, 1932, of melon globular form with pierced cover, model no 278H, 13.5 cm high

A Royal Worcester pot pourri vase liner and cover, 'Sheep' by Harry Davis, 1910, of ovoid form, painted to both sides with atypical four sheep and a lamb, model no 2048, 34 cm high

A Royal Worcester pot pourri vase Liner and cover, 'Sheep' by Harry Davis, 1919, of ovoid form, painted to both sides, model no 2048, 33 cm high

A Royal Worcester pot pourri vase, cover and liner, very finely painted 'Two Sheep in Rural Scene' by Harry Davis, 1919, of squat globular form with gilded raised lattice and trellis cover and base, model no 1286, height 19 cm

A Grainger & Co Worcester Royal china works pot pourri, Liner and cover, 1891, painted with floral sprays picked out in gilt, with reticulated rim and finial, 26 cm high

A large Royal Worcester pot pourri vase and two covers, 1889, of melon form, the pierced cover and liner above moulded gilded shoulder, painted with flowers picked in gilt, 33.5 cm high

A mid-20th century Royal Worcester ovoid potpourri by Harry Stinton, painted with three highland cattle within a landscape setting, gilded basket weave to the base and pierced domed lid, internal cover with short finial, painted vignette to the reverse. Si

A Royal Worcester fruit decorated pot pourri, 1960, with signature of Howard, the ovoid lobed jar with Persian inspired moulded decoration to the collar and foot in shot gold colours with a pierced lid and pointed finial, painted decoration to the body wit

A fine Royal Worcester bird decorated reticulated urn, 1910, with signature of Jas (James) Stinton, the gently lobed ovoid pot raised on a tripod lion's foot base with foliate mounts, a reticulated collar and conforming lid with pointed finial, finely deco

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

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