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 Victorian Royal Worcester shell and coral pocket vase 1880, modelled as a conch shell in realistic colours wrapped in twisting pink branches of coral with touches of bright pink seaweed; puce backstamp underside. Length 27.5 cm

A Royal Worcester figural stem vase, modelled as a turtle balancing a monkey and frog on its shell, beside a bamboo formed vase on a rock formation, impressed factory stamp to base, 23 cm high

A Royal Worcester cornucopia shell vase decorated with a moulded lizard and guilt highlights. Date letter 1886. 21 cm high

Pair of Royal Worcester shell and lizard vases with coral stem 1883 & 1891, height 20 cm

Royal Worcester shell form bowl & two dishes, 25 cm wide (largest)

A Royal Worcester shell bowl, circa 1950s/60s, from a 19th century design, fashioned as a naturalistic open faced shell and supported on three small conch feet, glazed in cream; pattern number G971 with green backstamp underside. Height 9.5 cm. Length 18 c

A Royal Worcester shell vase, circa 1956, modelled as a cream nautilus shell held aloft by a coral branch, a cluster of shells to the base, marks underside. Height 17.5 cm

A pair of Royal Worcester cabinet plates, each with pierced scalloped rims with a serpentine outline and turquoise and a gilt fan shell framing the well which is decorated with panels depicting insects, birds and flowers in bright enamels and gilt reserved

A Royal Worcester shell vase, circa 1880 painted in colours, impressed mark, 12 cm high

A Royal Worcester ovoid vase painted by George Johnson, 1900, with four swans in flight above reeds and grasses, on a pale blue ground, four moulded shell feet, four gilt lug handles; model no 1257 and puce mark. 11 cm high

A Royal Worcester painted shell bowl, early 20th century (date mark rubbed)Naturalistically modelled with three snails adhering to the underside, blush ivory with a gilt edge, the interior painted with sprays of roses and other flowers, printed number G971

A set of ten Royal Worcester plates by Richard Sebright for Asprey, dated 1935 and 1937, each painted with a rich variety of fruit within a crimson border enriched with gilt scroll and shell decoration, signed, puce factory mark (10) 27 cm diameter

A pair of Royal Worcester salts, circa 1940, the ovoid base holding a dolphin in the sea supporting a scallop shell. Green Worcester mark to base. Height 11 cm

Royal Worcester large collection of 'Evesham' dinner wares comprising of twelve main plates, nine entr?e plates, seventeen side plates, fourteen bread and butter plates, eight dessert bowls, ten cereal bowls, six soup bowls, twelve tea cups and saucers, fo

A Royal Worcester blanc de chine cornucopia, green mark, modelled as a shell resting on a tree stump, surrounded by shells on a shaped base together with a pair of Royal Worcester cornucopia shaped spill vases decorated with a white glaze, printed factory

Royal Worcester egg shell ground double handled vase with Castle cameo

A Royal Worcester blush ivory jug of cylindrical form, with moulded shell cartouche on front and reverse painted with flowers, having moulded gilt handle and flared neck. Produced 1892. Shaped number: 1437. Height 21 cm. Nb: slight restoration to lip

Royal Worcester shell shaped vase with Walker & Hall Sheffield hallmarked sterling silver mount

A pair of Royal Worcester grotto compotes, circa 1870, the pair each fashioned as a deep circular clam shell with green lustre interior supported above a trio of entwined dolphins all resting upon a tricorn shaped base. Impressed mark to base. Height 12.5

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