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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Royal Worcester. Pair of reticulated porcelain baskets c. 1765, each painted with colourful flowers and gilt decoration, the exterior applied with flowers, Worcester seal mark to base, one basket (A/F) (2). Height 7.5 cm

A Royal Worcester basket, green mark with registration mark, ovoid form with painted flowers and moulded gilt handles. Circa 1870. 17 cm high

A Royal Worcester potpourri jar painted by Stinton, with Highland cattle in a misty landscape, squat ovoid shape with gilt basket work detailing to the lower half, surmounted by a pierced gilded cover (repairs). Black mark c.1952. Height 20 cm

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

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

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

Antique Royal Worcester blush ivory porcelain basket dish, date code for 1910

A Grainger's Worcester porringer and stand painted with reserves of floral baskets on a gilded cobalt floral ground, the cover similarly decorated and fitted with a gilded pear-shaped moulded finial, painted mark to interior cover. Restoration to finial 16

A sterling silver and Royal Worcester porcelain basket, painted by James Stinton, the silver E.W. Sanders and H.A. Mackenzie, Birmingham, 1913/4, the porcelain with date mark for 1912, the circular basket with pierced sides and a lobed swing handle mounted

A Royal Worcester figure of a man, date mark for 1905, modelled standing in traditional dress including a cape and hat, resting on a tall basket, the rear of the base incised 'Hadley', printed factory marks underside including the number 133/H. Height 27 c

A Royal Worcester figure of a French Fisher boy, date mark for 1909, body shape 1202, modelled standing in traditional dress, hand on hip and holding a basket, impressed and printed factory marks underside. Height 20 cm.

A fine Grainger Worcester pierced work basket, on bun feet, masked heads to front and body. Unmarked, circa 1900, 7 cm high

A Royal Worcester basket of oval form, the border pierced with a band of interlocking circles applied at the intersections with florets exterior, the interior painted in blue with the 'Royal Lily' pattern with gold borders.7 cm high, 20 cm wide, 14 cm deep

A pair of Royal Worcester sweet meats dishes, each modelled of a girl and boy in white costumes, holding baskets seated on a turquoise stump wearing turquoise hats flanked by oval shells. Impressed Royal Worcester mark and puce Royal Worcester with retaile

A pair of Hadley figures modelled of boy and girl each carrying basket, wearing hats on rock base stump. Shape 880, green mark date cipher 1883. Old restoration to basket. Height 28 cm.

A Royal Worcester lizard ewer. Squat circular shape, moulded in high relief with a lizard climbing up the basket wall, the handle modelled as a branch. Blush ivory ground with gilt enrichment. Black mark, shape 1714, c. 1903. Height 14.5 cm

Pair Royal Worcester porcelain late 19th century, basket vases, raised painted enamel bird scenes both sides, attributed to John Hopewell, c1860's. Height 12 cm

A Royal Worcester jug moulded as a basket, with a branch handle and an applied lizard. Height 15.5 cm, dated: 1910

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 Royal Worcester blush ivory basket. Shape 1880. Date 1904. Height 9.5 cm. Together with a Royal Worcester coffee cup, a pair of Royal Worcester miniature loving cups 1902-4 and a loving cup and cover 1907. Height 4 cm

A Royal Worcester cobalt ground ewer, by Ernest Phillips, circa 1900, painted with a basket of fruit and blossom within a gilt scroll cartouche, the neck and gilt scroll handle with moulded grapes and vine, signed, blue marks, shape number 2409, date mark

A Royal Worcester basket signed T. Nutt, circa 1960, the helmet shaped body painted with an arrangement of fruit, the interior with lesser vignettes, having a central handle, gilt highlights, black stamp and model number 2560. Width 27 cm

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