Learn about Worcester / Royal Worcester

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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Four Royal Worcester Australian flora cabinet plates, crica 1900, by R. Austin, B.M. Bradshaw, A. Shuck, and Ellis Rowan (attributed), stamped and titled on base, 23cm diameter

Royal Worcester Australian Flowers series plate circa 1915, 'Nymphaea Lotus Va Gibsonae', handpainted by Mrs Ellis Rowan, 23 cm diameter approx.

Eight Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan cups & saucers. Blushing Bindweed (Convolvulus Erubescens); Sundew (Primealea Laematostrachya); mint Bush (Prostanthera); Kapok (Cochlospermum Gildibraei); Trigger plant (Stylidiums); Climber (Marianthus Ringens); Sundew (

Two various Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan dishes. Waratahs (1904), & Native Rose (1910). Both signed E[rnest] Phillips. Diameter 15 cm (each)

Six Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan square dishes. Christmas Bells (1922) & white Bells (1910), both signed by Reginald (Harry) Austin; gum blossoms (1926), Bottlebrush (1926), Epacre (1926), & red gum (1910) unsigned. 14 x 14 cm (each)

Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan large plate. Long-tailed wattle, signed Reginald (Harry) Austin (1915). 22 x 22 cm

Very rare Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan design Magpie plate, 23 cm diameter

Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan design gum blossom vases, Australian wild flower series, made for Thos Webb & Sons Melbourne, 11.1 cm high

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)

Set of six very rare Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan hand painted Australian flowers, WHF shape, cups, saucers and original sterling silver spoons 1912

Very rare set of six Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan hand painted Australian birds Mocha shape cups and saucers 1918

Rare Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan design wattle vase signed Austin 1918, 20.5 cm

A Pair of Royal Worcester cups and saucers from the Ellis Rowan Australian Flowers Series, 1913, titled Cassia Brewsteri (Brewster's Cassia) and Dillwynia (Egg and Bacon plant), Flavelle Brothers Ltd retailer's mark, Series title and factory mark (2)

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

A Royal Worcester Australian Flowers comport, painted by Reginald Austin, 1912, with Wild Heath within moulded rosette and leaf scroll grey border, Flavelle Brothers Ltd retailer's mark and puce mark, 24 cm diameter. note: Flavelle Brothers, the Sydney Jew

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