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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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Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting cottages and fisherman within an English river landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting young boy on boat with figures and castle in an English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting country cottage with fisherman in an English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting a young couple in boat and a castle in an English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting children playing in an English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting a shepherd with his sheep, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting Mother and Child frollicking in an English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting flowers and country cottages in an English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting couple in boat on an English river landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting woman with her dog and Highand cattle, signed Harry Davis (William Doyle Galleries label)

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting a shepherd and his goat in an English scene, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting sheep and cattle grazing in an English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting cattle grazing beside a river in an English scene, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting a shepherd with his sheep in a English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting sheep, cattle and a figure in an English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Pair of Royal Worcester collector's plates each decorated with hand painted central floral spray on ivory and Burgundy ground with gilded design, signed S. Stanley (William Doyle Galleries label)

Suite of three Royal Worcester collector's plates each decorated with hand painted central floral spray on ivory and blue ground with gilded design, signed E. Phillips (William Doyle Galleries label)

Royal Worcester 'Windsor' Sixty piece dinner setting consisting of ten main plates, ten entree plates, ten side plates, ten bowls and ten cups and saucers

Royal Worcester 'Padua' dinner and tea set consisting of a pair of lidded tureens, twelve tea cups and saucers, thirteen coffee cups and saucers, sauce boat and under dish, serving dish, twelve soup coupes and saucers, platter, twelve main plates, twelve e

Royal Worcester hand painted plate by Austin picture of Australian 'Jacky Winter' bird, signed below image, dated 1917

A Royal Worcester R.Sebright fruit painted cabinet plate, the central panel with apples & grapes on a leafy ground, signed, the cobalt border with pale peach toned panels and elaborate gilt enrichments. printed marks for 1918. Diameter 22 cm

Royal Worcester, small plate decorated with fruit by Horace Price.

Pair of Royal Worcester hand decorated cabinet plates signed E. Phillips (both A/F)

Royal Worcester scenic plate depicting the rural English thatched village of little Comberton. Diameter 27.5 cm

Royal Worcester 'Canterbury Cathedral' plate 27.5 cm diameter, with artist signature J. Allen

Victorian Royal Worcester display plate of pheasant together with an Indian Tree bowl

A Royal Worcester painted porcelain fruit service, impressed letter A date mark for 1867, nine pieces, comprising a higher compote, a pair of lower compotes, and six plates, the centre of each painted with different wildflowers and other plants, all with p

A pair of Royal Worcester porcelain cabinet plates, circa 1929, attributed to Harry Stinton, each with a gilded raised paste design to the cavetto and bordering a handpainted scenic landscape with figures, gold factory mark to base and with further impress

Royal Worcester Windsor Castle cabinet plate hand painted and signed by Rushton. C:1940

1953 Royal Worcester Plate, 'Australia Touring Side, England. 1953', with facsimile signatures and rim in gold, made during the players' visit to the factory during the tour. Rare. Ex Lindsay Hassett collection.

1953 Royal Worcester Plate, 'Australia Touring Side, England. 1953', with facsimile signatures and rim in gold, made during the players' visit to the factory during the tour; signatures include Lindsay Hassett, Keith Miller & Arthur Morris. Rare.

R. Sebright, four Royal Worcester cabinet plates, each depicting lush fruit including raspberries, yellow plums, grapes, strawberries and nectarines Artist signed, red stamped maker's mark, 'Specially made for Asprey's', C1864BT/ WS (4). Diameter 21.5 cm

A pair of Royal Worcester cups, saucers and plates, beautifully decorated with fine gilding on maroon ground and hand painted with panels of flowers by J. Stanley, 6.5 cm high

A fine Royal Worcester cabinet plate, beautifully painted in the French manner by H. Davis. Borders fine all over gilding on apple ground, circa 1944, 27 cm diameter

A rare and exceptional pierced Worcester exhibition quality plate, the centre panel a painted and gilded heron in a landscape by a cherry blossom tree, the surrounding borders with rosettes of birds and butterflies, geometrical jewelled work to outer rim.

A finely painted Royal Worcester pedestal plate, by R.Sebright, the centre panel of apples and grapes surrounded by rich gilding to a shaped border of pink and blue ground, circa 1910, 23 cm diameter

Royal Worcester hand painted fruit plate by T. Lockyan, 1923. Diameter 26 cm

Royal Worcester hand painted highland cattle plate by J. Stinton.1925. Diameter 23 cm

A Royal Worcester plate painted by R. Seabright. Gilt burgundy border.22 cm diameter

A Royal Worcester painted cabinet plate, with central floral and gold foliate decoration. Puce mark, 1938. Diameter 21.6 cm

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