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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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Pair of Royal Worcester gilded and fruit painted cabinet plates centre painted with apples and cherries and peaches and grapes within a wide cobalt blue boarder with gilt decoration, both signed J.Reed. Diameter 27 cm

A Royal Worcester plate painted Harry Stinton. Painted with cattle in misty Scottish highlands with scalloped and gadrooned gilt border. Black mark. 24 cm wide.

A Royal Worcester plate painted Harry Stinton. Painted with cattle in misty Scottish highlands with scalloped and gadrooned gilt border. Black mark. 28 cm wide.

Royal Worcester tea service, comprising 11 teacups and saucers, side plates and sandwich plate, painted with blossom with gilt border. Puce mark with date registration.

Pair of antique Royal Worcester porcelain cabinet plates, the continental lake scenes signed George Evans date code for 1907

Royal Worcester signed Australian wildflower plate 'Erica Saciflora' decorated with the erica sessiliflora flower, 23 cm diameter, circa 1915, together with a similar unmarked plate

Royal Worcester signed side plate signed S. Stanley, with fruit decoration, circa 1926, 15.6 cm diameter

Pair of Royal Worcester collectors plates 20.8 cm diameter

Vintage Royal Doulton 'Winthrop' dinner set for 8, with 8 each tea cups/saucers, coups/saucers, dessert bowls, entree plates and 12 main course plates, together with a Royal Worcester plate

A rare Royal Worcester jewelled Art Nouveau part tea service, comprising two plates, milk jug and sugar bowl, painted with gilt branches with enamel coral berries

Two Royal Worcester bird dessert plates, mid 20th century, a basket weave bordered plate with an M Holloway painted image of a redstart about to eat a bug, signed, circa 1953; the other a relief image of two redstarts in a beech tree, satin glaze over glos

Royal Worcester cabinet plate by Thomas Moore featuring a rural cottage scene. Diameter 22 cm

Royal Worcester cabinet plate, 'Windsor Castle', 27 cm diameter approx.

Royal Worcester hand painted display plate. Fruit decoration signed Freeman. Dia.27 cm

Two Royal Worcester plates painted Reginald Rushton landscapes together with raised gilt Royal Worcester plate, 28 cm wide.

A Royal Worcester dinner service. Pair of gravy tureen on stands, three vegetable tureens on stands, pair of large vegetable on stands, sauce boats on stands each with moulded elephant gilt handles, four meat plates, 12 pudding bowls, 11 side plates 34 din

Royal Worcester cabinet plate, hand painted and signed, 'Cropthorne' pattern

Suite of four Royal Worcester collector's plates each decorated with hand painted central floral spray on ivory and burgundy ground with gilded design, signed W.H. Austin

Ernest Barker, for Royal Worcester bone china plate, c. 1923, painted with highland black faced sheep, gilt border of grapes and vines, signed 'E. Barker' printed factory marks, impressed model mark 'Y2' Royal Worcester. Diameter 23 cm

A Royal Worcester tazza, 1875, on a rounded base with scrolled feet rising on C scroll supports to the plate, depicting a finely painted swallow in flight over rushes and other grasses, the rim and base gilded and enamel beaded, gilt highlights overall, ma

A Royal Worcester porcelain cabinet plate with gilt edge and painted berry and apple still life scene by P. Stanley. Width 24 cm

A Royal Worcester porcelain gilt cabinet plate with relief floral scroll pattern and the center painted with apple and cherries by H. Henry. Width 37 cm

Royal Worcester hand painted plate, signed R. Austin featuring Paradisia Augustai bird. Diameter 22 cm

Royal Worcester hand painted plate, signed R. Austin featuring Lesser bird of paradisewith crazing to plate. Diameter 22 cm

Royal Worcester hand painted plate, signed R. Austin featuring bird of paradise. Diameter 22 cm

Royal Worcester hand painted plate, signed R. Austin featuring bird of paradise. Diameter 22 cm

A Royal Worcester small cabinet plate, painted by K. Bethison with apples and cherries on a mossy ground. Black mark, post 1968. Diameter 16 cm

A Royal Worcester cabinet plate, as above, date mark for 1922. Diameter 27 cm

Two Royal Worcester Australian bird series plates, circa 1916, / 1917, /, each signed R. Austin, one decorated with a magpie, the second decorated and titled Jacky Winter, puce factory and retail marks for Flavelle Brothers to base. 21.5 cm square

A Royal Worcester Australian Wildflower series plate, circa 1917, / signed R. Austin decorated and titled red gum puce factory and retail marks for Flavelle Brothers to base 21.5 cm square

A Royal Worcester painted dish and a Viennese decorated porcelain plate, the Worcester plate, with date mark for 1926, painted with plums and gooseberries by William Bagnall (repaired); the centre of the Viennese plate decorated with a scene of two farm gi

Set of six Royal Worcester plates with crests 'In You My Lord I Have Hoped'

A Royal Worcester dinner service, pattern 'Gold Chantilly', consisting of - fourteen dinner plates, eighteen small soup bowls, twenty dessert bowls, two sugar bowls, twelve coffee cups and saucers, twelve tea cups and saucers, two milk jug, two meat dishes

A large Royal Worcester cabinet plate hand painted with highland cattle within a richly gilded border. By J. Stinton. Minor paint loss. Diameter 24 cm

Six Royal Worcester china cups, saucers and plates, cake plate, milk jug & sugar basin, blue and gilt; c.1937. (some damage)

A pair of Royal Worcester cabinet plates, each with pierced scalloped rims with a serpentine outline and turquoise and a gilt fan shell framing the well which is decorated with panels depicting insects, birds and flowers in bright enamels and gilt reserved

Rare Royal Worcester ten piece fruit or dessert service comprising of a pair of footed servers with eight serving plates, the matching service decorated with a blue border, with enamel and gilded design surrounding a hand painted floral spray, impressed ma

Royal Worcester cabinet plate, blue ground and floral centre (signed)