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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 pair of Royal Worcester Australian bird plates, circa 1907, Ashy Fronted Scrub Robin' and 'Jacky Winter, By R. Austin, stamped and titled on base, 23cm diameter

Four Royal Worcester Australian flora cabinet plates, crica 1900, by R. Austin, B.M. Bradshaw, A. Shuck, and Ellis Rowan (attributed), stamped and titled on base, 23cm diameter

A Royal Worcester cabinet plate, 20th century, decorated by Leaman, stamped Royal Worcester Fine Bone China 1969 Sandringham, 27 cm diameter

Two handpainted Royal Worcester fruit plates, 16 cm diameter approx., both signed, one plate a/f

Harlequin pair of Royal Worcester and silver plate demitasse cups and saucers

A Royal Worcester 'Gold Chantilly' dinner set for twelve (60), comprising twelve each dinner, entree, side plates, soup coupes and saucers.

Royal Worcester dinner service, 'Francesca' pattern, comprising 8 each of dinner, entree & dessert plates, 8 demitasse cups & saucers, serving platter, gravy jug & under dish

Royal Worcester cabinet plate decorated with Highland Cattle, signed H. Stinton

An Eighty eight piece Royal Worcester fine bone china 'Woodlands' dinner service, 1958-1971, production period, a complete setting for eight, comprising: dinner, entree, side plates, soup bowls, soup coupes, tea cups and coffee cans all with associ

Three Grainger Lee & Co Worcester plates, circa 1830, finely painted with central floral spray within anthemion gilded border on a blur ground, the other in an Imari pallet picked out in gilt, 26 and 22 cm diameter

Royal Worcester hand painted cabinet plate with floral and gilt decoration, diameter 27 cm approx

Royal Worcester cabinet plate hand painted with fruit, with gadrooned edge, signed R. Price, diameter 24 cm approx

A Royal Worcester, M. Stinton. Decorative plate "highland cattle scene", signed lower left. 1941. Diameter 27 cm

Royal Worcester hand painted cabinet plate, with fruit decoration, signed P. Platt, cobalt blue with heavy gilt rim, 27 cm diameter

A Royal Worcester floral cabinet plate, 1881, pattern number 9522, with a central bouquet of handpainted flowers bordered with a delicate lambrequin style border in brown to a broad mid pink rim with gilt edging; backstamp underside and pattern number, dia

Royal Worcester, two miniature tea cups, comprising two tea cups, two saucers and a plate, with printed Royal Worcester marks to undersides (5), approx. Height 3.5 cm

Royal Worcester, highland cattle plate, 1926, painted by John Stinton, depicting cattle in a landscape, with gilt highlighs, signed 'J. Stinton', with printed Royal Worcester mark to underside, diameter 23.5 cm

Two Royal Worcester cabinet plates, one decorated with Raglan Castle, signed by H. Ayrton, the other 'Lake Derwent Water' signed by R. Rushton. Diameter 27 cm

Royal Worcester cabinet plate, blue ground with gilt leaf decoration

Royal Worcester hand painted cabinet plate, with fruit decoration, signed P. Platt, maroon with heavy gilt rim, 22 cm diameter

Royal Worcester hand painted signed plate, by Freeman, decorated with fruit, 15.5 cm diameter approx.

Royal Worcester handpainted fruit display plate, signed Price, width 28 cm approx

Royal Worcester plate central panel painted with fruit, peaches and blackberries, signed H. Pierce within cobalt border, 27 cm diameter

Royal Worcester plate 'Bird of Paradise' by Harry Austin signed 'R Austin', marked to the base 'Paradisus Rudolphi C2805', dated 1900. Condition, good to fair, hairline crack, diameter, 22 cm

Royal Worcester plate 'Bird of Paradise' by Harry Austin signed 'R Austin', marked to the base 'Astrarchia Stephaule C2805', dated 1900. Condition, good to fair, hairline crack, diameter, 22 cm

Royal Worcester plate 'Bird of Paradise' by Harry Austin signed 'R Austin', dated 1900. Condition, good to fair, hairline crack, diameter, 22 cm

Royal Worcester plate 'Bird of Paradise' by Harry Austin signed 'R Austin', marked to the base 'Bird of paradiseXII C2805', dated 1900. Condition, good to fair, some crazing, diameter, 22 cm

Royal Worcester cabinet plate 'Balmoral Castle' signed J. Allen painted with a fly fisherman under Balmoral castle, with gilt highlights. Condition, some wear to the gilding, diameter, 27.4 cm

Royal Worcester cabinet plate with a royal blue band highly decorated with gilt detailing. Stamped to the base. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, diameter, 27 cm

A Royal Worcester cabinet plate painted by Harry Ayrton, entirely painted with apples and grapes upon a mossy ground. c.1975. Diameter 27.5 cm

A Royal Worcester dessert service, six plates and a dish 1912, pattern W9090. The service with striking wide coffee coloured leather look borders with embossed and three dimensional scroll work ,stylised flowers and oriental knot borders, the rims in gold;

A Royal Worcester 'Gold Chantilly' dinner set for twelve (60), comprising twelve each dinner, entree, side plates, soup coupes and saucers.

A Royal Worcester plate, painted William Ricketts with fruit, within a blue border, with painted reserves of flowers, and a moulded gilt edge. 23.5 cm wide. Puce mark. Signed Ricketts

A signed Royal Worcester sandwich plate, 1907, monogram possibly in the manner of James Hadley, pattern W8011, the circular plate with soft full blown puce and yellow roses upon a muted pastel and ivory ground; with green backstamp underside and various pa

A Royal Worcester circular plate with central fruit painting signed J. Rush, the wide border lavishly gilded, diameter 27.5 cm date marks c.1960.

Victorian Royal Worcester 'Vitreous' dinner set, #3277, circa 1899, comprising of 4 platters, 3 tureens (1 with under tray), large open bowl, gravy boat, 11 bowls and 7 plates, handles are in the form of elephant heads

A pair of Royal Worcester display plates with central hand painted bouquet surrounded by gilt floral decoration. Signed R. Phillips and dated 1917 and 1926 (2)

A Royal Worcester display plate with hand painted rose decoration signed Kitty Blake and dated 1926. Diameter 13 cm

A Royal Worcester hand painted display plate, blue and gilt decoration with central hand painted flowers. Signed. Diameter 26.5 cm

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