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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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Harlequin pair of Royal Worcester and silver plate demitasse cups and saucers

Royal Worcester blush ivory miniature loving cup, handpainted floral decoration, 4 cm high approx.

Royal Worcester dinner service, 'Francesca' pattern, comprising 8 each of dinner, entree & dessert plates, 8 demitasse cups & saucers, serving platter, gravy jug & under dish

Royal Worcester signed miniature cup and saucer, hand painted with fruit decoration, 8.5 cm wide

A boxed Royal Worcester porcelain set of six demi-tasse gilt cups and saucer painted by Harry Stinton, 1920, with Highland cattle in a misty landscape, puce factory mark and silver gilt spoons by Henry James Hulbert, London 1919, fixed box with retail̵

Royal Worcester 'Roanoke' dinner setting for six persons comprising six dinner plates, six entree plates, six cup saucer plate sets, six two handled soup bowls & saucers, six demitasse cups & saucers, six kidney shaped dishes, a sugar bowl,

An Eighty eight piece Royal Worcester fine bone china 'Woodlands' dinner service, 1958-1971, production period, a complete setting for eight, comprising: dinner, entree, side plates, soup bowls, soup coupes, tea cups and coffee cans all with associ

A Royal Worcester four piece Aesthetic movement porcelain tea set, date code: 1889, all with black ground overlaid with flowers, foliage, and butterflies, handles formed as lizards, comprising a teapot, covered sugar, creamer, and a cup and saucer.

Royal Worcester 'Highland Sheep' demitasse coffee set by Ernest Barker for six persons comprising six coffee cups & saucers, signed & dated 1898. Together with six English hallmarked sterling silver coffee spoons. London, 1923, maker Henry James Hulbert, w

A Royal Worcester cabinet coffee can and saucer painted by Freeman with peaches, apples and grapes. c.1954.

An Art Deco Royal Worcester coffee can and saucer 1922, pattern 1549. The straight-sided can with a simple loop handle, boldly decorated with a continuous border of handpainted blue, purple and orange flowers below a brilliant canary yellow frieze, the sau

A boxed Royal Worcester 'Butterflies' coffee set, 1982, the setting for six, comprising six coffee cans and associated saucers, the cans individually decorated with butterflies and floral sprigs, with simple gold rims; backstamps underside and pape

A Grainger & Co Worcester blush ivory vase, 1892, the ovoid vase with decoratively scrolled handles to the waisted neck and a short cup shaped rim, with painted swallows flying below pendant conifer foliage hung with small cones and highlighted with gi

Royal Worcester hand painted cup & saucer, with rose and gilt decoration, signed E. Spilsbury, height 4.2 cm approx

A Royal Worcester trio with fine hand painted rose decoration. Unsigned and dated 1926. (Hairline to cup - Af) (3)

Royal Worcester set of six trios on a duck egg blue ground, with gilt highlights, dated 1943. Condition good to fair, crazing, some minor stains

Royal Worcester teacup & saucer painted with fruit by Harry Ayrton painted with peaches & grapes with gilded edging, stamped to the base. Condition good, minor age related wear, slight staining. Height of cup 6 cm

A Victorian Royal Worcester gilded vase. 1900, the vase of globular form in ivory tones with tea stain colours, a moulded cup form rim, and a decorative lappet and patterned collar, small chilong style handles, decorated to the body with gold paste tendril

A set of three handpainted Royal Worcester cups and saucers, signed G. Mosely, H. Bee and N.H. Price, c.1929 saucers are signed R. Austin and E. Townsend

Royal Worcester 'Ambassador' dinner set for 6 one teacup and one entree plate missing

Six Royal Worcester coffee cups and saucers 'Royal Garden' pattern

Pair of Victorian Royal Worcester cup & saucers with floral decoration, circa 1897 Provenance: Dr Peter Elliot collection

A miniature Royal Worcester 'Fruit study' cup and saucer, circa 1960s, with signature of P. Stanley to both, the petite cup and saucer each with gilded rims, well decorated throughout with the fruits of autumn upon an amber ground; backstamps underside. He

A Royal Worcester tea cup and saucer, 1909 and 1911, pattern W8011, the tapering footed cup with a rococo styled handle decorated with soft full blown puce and yellow roses upon a muted pastel and ivory ground, the saucer conforming; with puce backstamp to

A miniature Royal Worcester cup, 1903, the straight sided tankard style cup with a 'C' form handle decorated with a full blown yellow rose with pink and yellow buds to the reverse upon a blush apricot ground; black backstamp underside. Height 4 cm

A Royal Worcester demitasse cup and saucer, 1878, pattern B 379, with trailing borders of dark and light blue ivy and gilded highlights with jewelled borders upon a white ground; with puce backstamp, pattern number and decorator's mark underside. Height 5.

A Royal Worcester demitasse cup and saucer, 1883, pattern W above 543, the straight sided cup tapering to a broad foot rim having a ring form and bracket handle, with trailing peony blooms in pink and puce colours with matte olive foliage and borders with

A Royal Worcester demitasse cup and saucer, 1921 and 1923, the straightsided can with a bamboo 'C' style handle elegantly decorated in matte black with trailing and radiating foliage motifs, richly burnished to the interior; with puce backstamps underside.

A Royal Worcester demitasse cup and saucer, 1915, the elegant tapering cup with a small foot rim and a 'C' style handle decorated in satin black with a slender scalloped border and lacy patterns accented with jewels in gold, burnished to the interior and a

Six Royal Worcester demitasse cups and saucers, with floral designs including polyanthus, poppy, wallflower, rose and convolvulus

A Royal Worcester "George Owen' reticulated and jewelled cup and saucer. A Royal Worcester 'George Owen' reticulated and jewelled cup and saucer, in the Japanese style reticulated panels interspersed with panels of tooled gilt cranes and butterfly, bamboo

A Royal Worcester demi tasse coffee set for si, together with a Royal Worcester pin dish, (13) hand painted with summer fruits, (13), cups 5.3 cm high, saucers 10.4 cm in diameter, dish 11 cm in length

A set of six Royal Worcester demitasse, retailed by Hardy Bros Ltd. Date code 41921

A Royal Worcester demitasse cup and saucer, circa 1921, the delicate and elegant pedestal cup with a sweeping curvaceous handle, decorated with a deep lappet border with gilded scrolls and swags and red enamel jewels upon white to a satin glazed black base

A Royal Worcester demitasse cup and saucer, 1926, the elegant tapering cup with a small foot rim and a 'C' style handle decorated in gloss iron red with fine gilt lattice tracery with white enamelled jewel accents to the cup and conforming saucer; puce bac

A Royal Worcester signed demitasse cup and saucer, 1928-29,with signature of Jas Stinton, the tapering cup with a 'C' scroll handle gilded to the interior and finely decorated with a scene of mallard ducks in a naturalistic landscape, the saucer conforming

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