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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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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)

Three handpainted and gilded Royal Worcester plates signed Smith - size approx 27 cm

Antique acid etched gilded Royal Worcester plate signed Telford, approx 28 cm diameter

Two Royal Worcester plates by John Stinton and Harry Davis the Kilchurn Castle plate is painted by John Stinton (signed) and the picturesque scene is painted by Harry Davis (signed). 1914 and 1907 painted with Kilchurn Castle and a picturesque scene within

A set of six Royal Worcester cabinet plates, each painted with a central medallion by E. Barker for S. Stanley of summer flowers framed by a gilt border and broad gilt and maroon rim. Each with puce mark c.1926. Diameter 27 cm

A Royal Worcester cabinet plate painted by Millie Hunt, the centre with a medallion of summer flowers framed by a green and gold border with cabbage roses, puce marks, c.1950s. Diameter 22 cm

Very rare Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan design Magpie plate, 23 cm diameter