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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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Art deco Royal Worcester nude figurine #2689, circa 1932, 14 cm high approx

Royal Worcester Emily Anniversary figure, 2005, approx 25 cm high

Royal Worcester Sweet Anne figure by F.G Doughty, approx 18 cm high

Royal Worcester figurine 'First Dance' together with a German figure group

A Royal Worcester 'Two Babies' figurine, 1952, pattern 3150, modelled by F.G. Doughty. a delightful porcelain study of a golden haired child playing with a jack russell pup upon a grassy bank; with backstamps, date cypher and pattern number undersi

Royal Worcester figure all Mine, by F.G Doughty, approx 18 cm high

A pair of 19th century Royal Worcester figures, geisha and Noh Actor, circa 1873 octagonal bases, puce factory mark to base, 19 cm high (repairs to geisha)

Royal Worcester 'Keepsake' number 4977/12500 porcelain figure, approx 21 cm high

Two Royal Worcester Sabbath Birth figurines, 13 cm & 15 cm high

Two Royal Worcester figurines, comprising of 'February' 15 cm high and 'Monday's Child' 18 cm high

A pair of Royal Worcester figurines with urns. 25.5 cm high

A Royal Worcester figure 'Parakeet' by Doughty shape no. 3087 black mark together with a Royal Worchester figure shaped of a grandmother's dress shape no. 3081. Each figure is 7.5 cm

A Royal Worcester figurine 'China', from Children of the World, modelled by Freda Doughty, stamped and dated 1954. Height 6 cm.

A Royal Worcester candle snuffer, 'Diffidence', modelled as the Swedish soprano Jenny Lind (1820-87) with a nightingale's head holding a musical score. Stamped and dated 1954. Height 10 cm

Royal Worcester 'Grandmother Dress' figurine, modelled by Doughty, 15 cm high approx

A Royal Worcester figurine of an Arab water carrier, his robes detailed with a pastel floral hem. Puce mark, shape 1250. Height 22.5 cm

Two Royal Worcester 'French Fishing Folk' figurine, #1202, circa 1912, 42 cm & 45 cm high approx

Royal Worcester 'Grandmothers dress' figurine, blue dress, 3081, modelled by FG Doughty, 16.5 cm high approx

Pair of Royal Worcester blush figurines of Gentry, signed Hadley to back, pattern 1052, male hat & head restored, c.1886, height 21 cm

Royal Worcester blush figurine of a boy with basket, pattern 1480 c.1892, height 17 cm

Royal Worcester F.G. Doughty figurine 'Mischief', no. 2914, 7.8 cm high, circa 1935

Two miniature Royal Worcester baskets, circa 1906 & 1925, 3 cm high approx, together with a miniature wooden sailor figure

A pair of Royal Worcester Chinoiserie girl and boy figures, 1951 for pattern 3354 and 1952 for pattern 3362, the jovial figurines in a distinctive black, grey and aqua palette with iron red highlights and upon small near circular bases; backstamped undersi

Royal Worcester figure 'The Fortune Teller', model 2924 by Doughty, puce mark circa 1940

An early Worcester Grainger & Co fruit stand with twin scroll handles, circular foot and finely painted figural market scene with lake and portico, circa 1840. Width 24.5 cm

A Royal Worcester Egyptian musician figurine, circa 1905, with rubbed date marks, signed by Hadley (James). a figure in antique drapery, posing upon a rocky circular base and plucking a lyre, in delicate hues of the palest pinks blues and greens with soft

A Royal Worcester Grecian water carrier figurine. 1907, with number 2 over 125. a female figure in a sinuous pose upon a circular base, in antique drapery with one bare shoulder, a water pitcher in her left hand and balancing another on her head, in modula

A pair of Royal Worcester figures, 'Joy' and 'Sorrow', in gilt robes, date mark 1923. Minor loss to beak of bird held by sorrow. Height 25 cm

Royal Worcester 'Woodland dance', modelled by Freda Doughty