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...

Learn about Centrepiece

Popular in Victorian times, a centrepiece was designed to stand on a dining table or sideboard, and convey the theme of the gathering such as Christmas or Easter, as well as the social status of the owner. Often very elaborately made, they can take many forms, including epergnes, sculpture, multi basket containers for fruit or sweetmeats, and large bowls. They have been made in a variety of materials including glass, ceramics, silver, silverplate and bronze. Centrepiece is also the name given to the central feature of an item of jewellery such as a necklace or bracelet.
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A Royal Worcester porcelain shell form comport on stylised dolphin support

A Royal Worcester figured nautilus shell comport, English, 19th century, together with a Royal Worcester figure of the water carrier, English, 19th century, the figure 24 cm high

Royal Worcester open pedestal centrepiece bowl with pink and ivory ground, hand painted floral design and trefoil mystical beast mask headed cornucopia to base, 22.5 cm high approx, circa 1896

A small Royal Worcester comport, 1926, with signature of Harry Ayrton, the lozenge shaped pedestal bowl with upward sweeping bracket handles, burnished gold to the interior and base, the interior well decorated with pears and summer berries, signed near ri

Royal Worcester comport / cake stand, 'Prince Regent' pattern, 25 cm diameter approx

Royal Worcester hand painted bone china comport, with gilded handles and hand painted vignette of a castle, 20 cm high, 24 cm wide, circa 1920

Royal Worcester hand painted bone china comport, with gilded handles and hand painted vignette of a castle. 20 cm high by 24 across handles. Circa 1920.

Royal Worcester: porcelain comport (c1926) painted by Harry Davis with iconic sheep in country landscape scene titled 'River Severn Nr Worcester'. Oval form with gilded border. restored and hairline crack. 32 cm x 20 cm x 8 cm.

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

Royal Worcester porcelain miniature comport. Hand painted scene of fruit

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

Royal Worcester blush Ware comport with hand painted floral decoration 1906

Royal Worcester comport dated 1887 modelled by James Hadley with a Kate Greenaway style of a boy standing beside a shallow circular basket, ivory glazed with coloured and gold details, puce marks, shape number 1072, 22 cm

A Hadley Worcester porcelain comport signed J. Lander circa 1903 semi-ovoid finely painted with roses to the interior and exterior flanked by acanthus scroll terminals raised on a slender stem circular foot green printed factory mark and model No. 80 16 cm

Royal Worcester comport, the painting of fruit signed Freeman

Small antique Royal Worcester comport of dolphin and shell form, and date code for 1878

Pair of Royal Worcester comports date mark 1894, painted with flowers on beige ivory ground

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