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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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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

Royal Worcester figurine 'Saturday's child', marked 3524, Freda Doughty, approx 17 cm

Royal Worcester figure 'Johnnie', number 3433, Freda Doughty, approx 17 cm

Two various porcelain figures, including Royal Worcester 'Little Jack Horner;' and German yellow lady dish. Height 19 cm (Coalport)

A Royal Worcester Papal Gendarme figure modelled by Neal French and numbered 14. Printed marks, circa 1966. Height 30 cm

A fine Royal Worcester Bringaree Indian figurine, circa: 1887, the blushware figure in draped and girdled attire posed with a staff and hand on hip, the drapery beautifully detailed with muted hues and gold highlights, upon a circular base; stamps and impr

Two various Royal Worcester figures, including 'All Mine,' #3519; and 'Only Me,' #3226. Height 18 cm and height 15 cm

Two various Royal Worcester Month figures, including 'June,' #3456; and 'September,' #3457. Height 16 cm and height 11 cm

A Royal Worcester figurine, 'June', modelled by F.G. Doughty. Date marks c.1951. Height 16.5 cm

A Royal Worcester porcelain figure A Woodland Dance modelled by F.G. Doughty. 11 cm high

A Royal Worcester porcelain figurine, 1951, depicting 'Saturday's child works hard for a living', a young girl sitting on a step and knitting, her cat by her side; marks to the inside including registration number 832592, numerals 3262, and tit

A Royal Worcester fish group, Spanish Hog fish and Sergeant Major, modelled by Ronald van Ruyckevelt. Numbered edition: 319. Height 29.5 cm (with stand)

Royal Worcester figure of 'Tuesday's Child is Full of Grace'

A pair of Royal Worcester Bringaree Indian figures, circa 1902, in finely executed girdled drapery with muted blushware tones, and realistically posed and mounted on circular landscape bases, pattern 1243; stamps (rubbed) and impressed marks underside. Hei

A pair Royal Worcester Cricklites, each modelled of figural candlestick in traditional costume. Green mark. 31 cm high.

A Royal Worcester, 'Young Farmer', modelled by Freda Doughty, black mark c.1975. Height 16 cm

A Royal Worcester vitreous china figure of a water carrier, 1891 in a draped gilded robe kneeling with an urn on her hip, 15 cm high. Printed green factory mark, impressed numbers 01/01. Provenance: Private collection NSW

A rare Royal Worcester figural centrepiece by James Hadley, 1898 of a young lady and a gallant under a spreading tree supporting a wide pierced basket, another basket at their feet, the whole on a rough soil ground, 41 cm high. Moulded signature, Hadley ve

A Royal Worcester painted porcelain figure lucky spider' by Agnes Pinder-Davis. Height 14 cm

A Royal Worcester painted porcelain figure of a young girl. 'The apple of your eye' by Agnes Pinder-Davis. Height 18 cm

A Royal Worcester painted porcelain figure Froup of two foals by Doris Linder. Length 13 cm