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 'Mrs Caudle' candle snuffer 6.8 cm high approx

Two Royal Worcester candle snuffers, comprising of the French Cook and Granny snow

A Royal Worcester candle snuffer, 'Diffidence', modelled as the Swedish soprano Jenny Lind (1820-87) with a nightingale's head holding a musical score. Stamped and dated 1954. Height 10 cm

A Royal Worcester candle snuffer 'Toddie', a young boy wearing an oversized coat and turquoise bobble hat, stamped and dated 1976. Height 10 cm

Five Royal Worcester candle snuffers including Toddy, Mr Caudle and Feathered Hat. (5)

A Royal Worcester candle snuffer, 1922, 'The Witch' carrying a broom and wearing a bright orange coat, a peaked black hat and a sour expression; puce marks to the interior. Height 9.5 cm

A Royal Worcester candle snuffer, 1903, 'Mrs Caudle', a garrulous character popularised in 'Punch' magazine during the mid-19th century wearing a peaked bonnet with a blue bow and a blue bow to her neck; puce marks to the interior. Height 7 cm

A late Victorian Royal Worcester candle holder with raised gilt floral scroll and fluted decoration. Reg no 227597, circa 1895. Height 20 cm

Royal Worcester antique porcelain candle snuffer, in the form of a nun. Puce mark, C:1910

A Royal Worcester candle snuffer. Height 9 cm. (restored)

A Royal Worcester candle snuffer, c.1910. Height 7.9 cm

A Royal Worcester perfume bottle, circa 1890, painted with a bird, gilt mark, 8.5 cm length; and a candle snuffer, 1903 of a lady with a scarf and cap; and four Worcester miniature mugs. two painted with scenes and two with flowers. (6)

Royal Worcester porcelain monk candle snuffer 12.5 cm, height

A Royal Worcester nun candle snuffer, traditionally modelled with a triangular form hat, black, grey and white dominant tones, puce mark, 1912. Height 9.5 cm

Pair of antique Royal Worcester 'Winter Time boy & girl' candle snuffers, registration devices