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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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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

A Royal Worcester hand painted display plate, gilt floral decoration with central hand painted fruit, signed. Diameter 27.5 cm

Royal Worcester cabinet plate, hand painted and gilded, signed Telford

Royal Worcester hand painted "fruit" plate together with timber stand, cobalt blue and pink in colour with gilt highlights, signed R. Sebright, diameter 22 cm approx

A set of five Royal Worcester 'Saguenay' cups, saucers and plates, six each saucers and plates, five cups

Two Royal Worcester signed cabinet plates, each signed by E. Barker, central medallion hand painted floral bouquet, c. 1935

Royal Worcester plate hand painted with highland cattle, signed J Stinton, 25.5 cm dia (slight glaze scratch)

Royal Worcester plate centrally painted with pheasant, signed E Townsend within highly ornate gilt border, 23.5 cm

Royal Worcester plate hand painted with flamingo, signed W Powell, 23 cm dia (slight scratch to glaze at feet of flamingo)

Royal Worcester plate hand painted with flamingos, signed G Johnson, 26 cm dia

Royal Worcester plate shaped circular painted with fruit, peaches & gooseberries within ornate border, signed R Sebright, 22.5 cm dia

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

Royal Worcester 'Ambassador' dinner set for 6 one teacup and one entree plate missing

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