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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 Royal Worcester figurine of a Japanese gentleman, circa 1912, amber glazed parian ware, the serene figure of a man in typical oriental dress, leaning on a table with a vase; pattern 2/123 and originally part of a pair (small hairline crack to base); illu

Two Royal Worcester cabinet plates by Raymond Rushton, dated 1935 and 1941, each finely painted with a landscape scene, one with a thatched cottage, within gilt borders, inscribed verso Bluebells, Kew Gardens and Anne Hathaways Cottage, 27.5 cm diameter, b

A Royal Worcester reticulated plate by George Owen, dated 1904, of circular form with dual honeycomb bands and a beaded gilt border, the centre gilt with an acanthus leaf decoration, 19.6 cm, gold factory mark, unsigned

A Royal Worcester reticulated plate by George Owen, dated 1908, of circular form with dual honeycomb bands and a beaded gilt border, the centre with an acanthus leaf gilt decoration, 20 cm diameter, gold factory mark, unsigned, This lot is accompanied by a

Royal Worcester 10 pcs part tea set depicting, birds, each piece is hand painted with a naturalistic bird, scene and signed by the artist, two artists, H Powell and E. Townsend, the set comprises of three cups, three saucers and four side plates. Diameter

Royal Worcester 'Evesham' souffle dish and pie dish together with a Wedgwood shell form plate

Royal Worcester 'Evesham' plates, mugs & dishes including 9 dinner plates, 6 sweet dishes, 2 mugs and 4 various dishes

Signed Royal Worcester cabinet plate 'Kenilworth Castle' signed Nicholls lower right, 27.5 cm diameter

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

Set of four Royal Worcester plates, gilded and green ground with floral centres, signed W. Austin (1 A/F)

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

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