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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A pair of Royal Worcester urn vases, shape 1572, each of squat circular shape with mask handles issuing from the shoulder, neo-classical decorative moulding encircles the shoulder and neck, similar designs decorate the foot, the body painted with summer fl

Royal Worcester urn and cover ovoid body painted with highland cattle signed H. Stinton, 1912 #2336, 37 cm height

Pair Royal Worcester urns compressed ovoid bodies on pedestal bases with mask handles, painted with floral sprays on peach ground, 21.5 cm high. Ex Dean Estate

Royal Worcester urn & cover compressed ovoid body on pedestal foot painted with highland cattle, signed H Stinton, 28 cm high

A large Royal Worcester urn, circa 1902, shape pattern 2130, the lavishly decorated pedestal urn with rope form twist handles in gold and cobalt colours, with a gadroon rim, to the body a wave like border with gold paste foliage below a frieze of crocus an

A 1913 Royal Worcester John Stinton painted Highland Cattle urn, the ovoid body painted with two cattle in a mountainous landscape, a river landscape to the reverse, ornate gilt enrichments to the two looping handles, rims and spreading circular base, shap

Royal Worcester pair urn & covers hand painted, signed F Harper, ovoid body with pink & red roses, gryphon handles, 24.5 cm height

A signed Royal china works (Grainger & Co) Worcester vase, circa 1897, with signature of John Stinton, the pear shaped urn with a trumpet neck having curvaceous pierced foliate handles and moulded leaf borders to the neck, base and foot with rich gilded hi

A fine signed Royal Worcester covered pedestal vase, 1906, with signature of John Stinton, the pear shaped urn with a richly moulded collar, trumpet neck and pedestal, with foliate scrolling handles and a pierced cover, all with gilded highlights upon a cr

A Royal Worcester Persian urn and cover, spherical shape with trumpet neck and two gilded scrolling handles, the body decorated with an exotic long tailed bird perched upon a fruiting branch; the cupola shaped, pierced lid with broken finial. Puce mark, 19

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

A Royal Worcester Harry Stinton pot pourri urn and cover, the squat spherical body painted with two highland cattle signed H Stinton, the pierced and gilded domed cover with finial, raised on four scrolling and gilded feet. Black mark shape height 261. Dat

A pair of Royal Worcester covered urns by Harry Ayrton, circa 1970, 21 cm high

A Royal Worcester covered urn, English, circa 1903, signed F. Roberts, 50 cm high

A large Royal Worcester covered urn, English, circa 1894, 61 cm high

Pair of Royal Worcester urn shaped vases, with hand painted floral decoration, circa 1903, 28 cm high

A Royal Worcester lidded urn painted with fruit by Leaman, ovoid body, gilded lid, finial a.f., handles and pedestal base. Shape 2701/2, c1970. Height 17.5 cm

Royal Worcester, twin handled urn, decorated with sprays of thistles and flowers on ivory ground, signed 'L.R', printed factory marks to base, shape no. '1481', height 31.5 cm

Royal Worcester urn ovoid bulbous body painted with highland cattle, signed John Stinton #2158 c1900, 24 cm height (lacking cover)

Royal Worcester urn and cover elongated body, painted with highland cattle by H. Stinton #2710 c1961, 32 cm height

A pair of Victorian Royal Worcester porcelain urns, circa 1885, each with a pierced rim, with painted decoration on three dolphin column supports, on a circular base, raised on three claw feet. Registered no. 206862 and catalogue no. 1639. 23 cm high

A tall Royal Worcester urn vase with richly gilt circular base and handles. Fruit scene painted by J. Sherrett. Height 28 cm

A large Royal Worcester bowl, the exterior in black with gold embellishment to rim, the interior of mottled rose pink with heavily gilded swags, urns and floral embellishments to the border, c.1919. Diameter 30 cm

A fine Royal Worcester covered urn, second half 20th century, pear shaped to a slender waist and small spreading foot, with bracket leaf handles and surmounted by a burnished gilt lid with a petite pointed finial, and handpainted with peaches and bramble b

Royal Worcester covered urn elongated ovoid body painted with bluebells front & reverse, signed 'Roberts', 57 cm height (cover restored)

Royal Worcester urn ovoid body painted with highland cattle, signed 'John Stanton', 42 cm height

Royal Worcester urn ovoid body painted with sheep, signed 'H Davis', 42 cm height

Large Royal Worcester blush ivory lidded urn, with gryphon handles and floral panels c.1910. Approx 41 cm

Royal china works blush ivory hand painted urn with floral motifs and a pierced spout, marked with green stamp 'Royal china works Worcester established 1801' 965/G6046. Height 16.5 cm

A Royal Worcester porcelain urn vase and cover, ovoid shape, raised on a circular spreading foot and with a short trumpet mouth issuing from a fluted neck, the body decorated on a panel reserved on a cobalt and gilt ground. Hand painted with exotic birds p

A Royal Worcester lidded hand painted potpourri urn, painted with fruit and berries on a leafy ground to the entire body by H. Ayrton. The crown form pierced lid with unfurling finial enclosing the interior lid, lavishly gilded, signed, shaped 2048, printe

A Royal Worcester highland cattle urn vase of tapered classical form on circular foot with satin green/ gold borders and painted highland cattle scene by J. Stinton. Printed mark, circa 1916. Height 26.5 cm

A Royal Worcester reticulated vase and cover by George Owen, dated 1910, raised on a circular pierced foot, the urn form body with a band of honeycomb piercing flanked by delicate scroll handles, the cover with conforming decoration, and a bud finial, 19 c

An impressive Royal Worcester porcelain lidded two handled urn vase by John Stinton, on circular foot. Richly gilt and painted with two mountain and landscape cattle scenes signed John Stinton. Stamped and registration no. 437172, circa 1911. Height 36 cm

A fine Royal Worcester pedestal vase painted by Harry Davis, the front panel finely painted with black face sheep amidst a misty Highland landscape, the reverse with a single tree dominating the rocky landscape, campana urn form with knopped pedestal stem

A good mid-20th century Royal Worcester hand painted lidded urn by Harry Ayrton, the compressed ovoid body entirely painted with fruit, apples and blackberries on leafy ground to the front, a vignette of blackberries to the reverse, shape #1572, the lid wi

A Royal Worcester mid-20th century lidded potpourri urn, the squat spherical body hand painted with fruit by Gerald Delaney, signed, the pierced and gilded domed top with baluster finial, frilled and gilded top rim, raised on four scrolling and gilded feet

Royal Worcester lidded urn. Dual handled. Hand painted fruit dec. Signed Hollings, circa 1900s. Small chip inside lid. Height 17 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

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