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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 pair of Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan design butterfly plates, (2) 23 cm dia each

Rare pair of Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan design plates, signed Stuck, 23 cm dia (2)

A 1920s Royal Worcester Sebright fruit painted cabinet plate, the central circular panel with peaches, grapes, raspberries, leaves and florals, finely painted and signed R. Sebright, framed with a wide cobalt band lavishly gilded with panels, swags and scr

A Royal Worcester plate, painted by Reginald Austin, 1912, with gum nuts and flowers, Flavelle Brothers Ltd retailer's mark and puce mark, 23.5 cm diameter. note: Flavelle Brothers, the Sydney Jewellers and retailers arranged for watercolours by the artist

Pair of Royal Worcester cabinet plates, pink border with central florals sprays

Royal Worcester set of eight oyster plates c1938. Diameter 24 cm

A pair of Royal Worcester plates, each with a, centre cartouche of figures in landscape with deep green with raised gilt, and gilt border signed G H Evans, gold mark. 27 cm wide

Royal Worcester signed Freeman cabinet plate, handpainted with gilding. Black mark - Circa 1950s.

An important suite of ten Royal Worcester collector's plates, each decorated with hand painted central floral spray on ivory ground with gilded design, signed S. Stanley and marked to the back, 'Made Expressly For Ovington Bros. New York' (Purchased by the

An important suite of 12 Royal Worcester collector's plates, each decorated with hand painted central floral spray on ivory and blue ground with gilded design, signed E. Phillips (Purchased by the vendor from William Doyle Galleries Inc. USA)

A rare and important Royal Worcester collector's plate decorated with central hand painted still life decoration on ivory and Burgundy ground with gilded design, signed W.J. Bagnall (Made expressly for Ovington Bros. Co. New York, Chicago) printed and impr

A rare and important Royal Worcester collector's plate decorated with central hand painted still life decoration on ivory and Burgundy ground with gilded design, signed W.J. Bagnall (Made expressly for Ovington Bros. Co. New York, Chicago) printed and impr

A rare and important Royal Worcester collector's plate decorated with central hand painted still life decoration on ivory and Burgundy ground with gilded design, signed W.J. Bagnall (Made expressly for Ovington Bros. Co. New York, Chicago) printed and impr

A rare and important Royal Worcester collector's plate decorated with central hand painted still life decoration on ivory and Burgundy ground with gilded design, signed W.J. Bagnall (Made expressly for Ovington Bros. Co. New York, Chicago) printed and impr

A rare and important Royal Worcester collector's plate decorated with central hand painted still life decoration on ivory and Burgundy ground with gilded design, signed W.J. Bagnall (Made expressly for Ovington Bros. Co. New York, Chicago) printed and impr

A rare and important Royal Worcester collector's plate decorated with central hand painted still life decoration on ivory and Burgundy ground with gilded design, signed W.J. Bagnall (Made expressly for Ovington Bros. Co. New York, Chicago) printed and impr

A rare and important Royal Worcester collector's plate decorated with central hand painted still life decoration on ivory and Burgundy ground with gilded design, signed W.J. Bagnall (Made expressly for Ovington Bros. Co. New York, Chicago) printed and impr

A rare and important Royal Worcester collector's plate decorated with central hand painted still life decoration on ivory and Burgundy ground with gilded design, signed W.J. Bagnall (Made expressly for Ovington Bros. Co. New York, Chicago) printed and impr

A rare and important Royal Worcester collector's plate decorated with central hand painted still life decoration on ivory and Burgundy ground with gilded design, signed W.J. Bagnall (Made expressly for Ovington Bros. Co. New York, Chicago) printed and impr

A rare and important Royal Worcester collector's plate decorated with central hand painted still life decoration on ivory and Burgundy ground with gilded design, signed W.J. Bagnall (Made expressly for Ovington Bros. Co. New York, Chicago) printed and impr

A rare and important Royal Worcester collector's plate decorated with central hand painted still life decoration on ivory and Burgundy ground with gilded design, signed W.J. Bagnall (Made expressly for Ovington Bros. Co. New York, Chicago) printed and impr

A rare and important Royal Worcester collector's plate decorated with central hand painted still life decoration on ivory and Burgundy ground with gilded design, signed W.J. Bagnall (Made expressly for Ovington Bros. Co. New York, Chicago) printed and impr

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 and a woman picking flowers 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 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)

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

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