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 plate 'Bird of Paradise' by Harry Austin signed 'R Austin', marked to the base 'Paradisus Rudolphi C2805', dated 1900. Condition, good to fair, hairline crack, diameter, 22 cm

Royal Worcester plate 'Bird of Paradise' by Harry Austin signed 'R Austin', marked to the base 'Astrarchia Stephaule C2805', dated 1900. Condition, good to fair, hairline crack, diameter, 22 cm

Royal Worcester plate 'Bird of Paradise' by Harry Austin signed 'R Austin', dated 1900. Condition, good to fair, hairline crack, diameter, 22 cm

Royal Worcester plate 'Bird of Paradise' by Harry Austin signed 'R Austin', marked to the base 'Bird of paradiseXII C2805', dated 1900. Condition, good to fair, some crazing, diameter, 22 cm

Six Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan square dishes. Christmas Bells (1922) & white Bells (1910), both signed by Reginald (Harry) Austin; gum blossoms (1926), Bottlebrush (1926), Epacre (1926), & red gum (1910) unsigned. 14 x 14 cm (each)

Royal Worcester kookaburra & Wattle square dish. Signed Reginald (Harry) Austin (1922). 14 x 14 cm

Royal Worcester blue Wren square dish. Signed Reginald (Harry) Austin (1922). 14 x 14 cm

Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan large plate. Long-tailed wattle, signed Reginald (Harry) Austin (1915). 22 x 22 cm

A Royal Worcester bird of paradise vase, of baluster form, painted with two birds of paradise in a natural setting. Puce factory mark. Signed Reginald Harry Austin (1890-1955), circa 1923. 25 cm high. Nb: accompanied by a letter from the Curator of Royal W

A Royal Worcester vase, of globular form, with cylindrical flared neck, painted with continuous roses. Hadley shape 1054.1908 green mark. Signed Reginald Harry Austin.

A Royal Worcester set of coffee cups painted by Reginald Harry Austin, each painted with Australian wild flowers and dated 1928. Hardy Bros. Retailers mark

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