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 small dish hand painted with fruit, signed H. Aryton

Two Royal Worcester cabinet plates, one decorated with Raglan Castle, signed by H. Ayrton, the other 'Lake Derwent Water' signed by R. Rushton. Diameter 27 cm

A Royal Worcester cabinet plate painted by Harry Ayrton, entirely painted with apples and grapes upon a mossy ground. c.1975. Diameter 27.5 cm

A Royal Worcester hand painted fruit bowl, painted by Harry Ayrton with apples and blackberries on a mossy ground, lobed square shape, black mark, c.1956. 24.5 x 24.5 cm

Royal Worcester plaque by Harry Ayrton painted with robins feeding their young, signed lower right & set in a gilt frame. Condition poor, two large cracks, of frame 40 x 32 cm

Royal Worcester teacup & saucer painted with fruit by Harry Ayrton painted with peaches & grapes with gilded edging, stamped to the base. Condition good, minor age related wear, slight staining. Height of cup 6 cm

Royal Worcester signed Harry Ayrton vase hand painted with fallen fruit design, signed H. Ayrton, circa 1938, 14 cm high approx

A Royal Worcester H279 potpourri painted by Harry Ayrton, with peaches and grapes on a mossy ground, gilt embellished mouldings at the shoulder and a pierced gilt cover with cupola finial, black mark, c.1949. Height 11.5 cm

A small Royal Worcester comport, 1926, with signature of Harry Ayrton, the lozenge shaped pedestal bowl with upward sweeping bracket handles, burnished gold to the interior and base, the interior well decorated with pears and summer berries, signed near ri

A signed Royal Worcester coffee can, and a Royal Worcester saucer, 1925 with decoration by Frank Rushton (can) and 1938 with decoration by Harry (Tim) Ayrton (saucer). Complementary wares both decorated with peaches and vine and cane fruits in naturalistic

A Royal Worcester fruit decorated vase. Signed H Ayrton 10 cm high.

A Royal Worcester pot pourri vase, lid and cover, decorated with fruit painted by Harry Ayrton, signed, factory mark for 1950, model no. 2048. 24 cm high

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

Royal Worcester vase with hand painted fruit by H Ayrton, shaped H291, no lid. Height 11 cm

Royal Worcester Ayrton pot pourri vase & cover. Dual handled. Painted fruit decoration. Signed Harry Ayrton. Gilt highlights. Height 30 cm

Royal Worcester small dish, hand painted with fruit and signed H.Aryton

A small Royal Worcester baluster vase with finely painted fruit scene. signed H. Ayrton. Height 12 cm

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

Royal Worcester covered vase painted with fruit by Harry Ayrton with black stamp, Rd number 669185 number 2710 and signed 'H Ayrton'. Height 32 cm

A Royal Worcester painted fruit pot pourri vase by Harry Ayrton, dated 1952, of lobed baluster form, painted with fruit, berries and leaves within gilt pendant borders, 16 cm high, black printed factory marks, shape number H169

Royal Worcester hand painted vase decorated with fruit, signed H. Ayrton

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 vase, cylindrical form with trumpet neck, hand painted with fruit and signed H. Ayrton, date mark for 1951. Height 3 cm

A Royal Worcester oviform covered vase signed Ayrton, circa mid 20th century, date marks partially illegible with simulated bronze key pattern handles and draped garlands of husks flowing to a gilt socle and foot rim, the lid of same gilt with finial, rich

A Royal Worcester porcelain lidded urn vase with rich gilding and painted fruit pattern by H. Ayrton. Lid faulted. Height 21 cm

A Royal Worcester Crown top pot pourri rose jar and cover by Harry Ayrton, Second half 20th century, painted with fruit and berries within foliate borders and heightened in gilt, black factory marks and signed 'H. Ayrton' 34 cm high

Two small Royal Worcester dishes, both painted with fruit, one c.1949, octagonal, signed Ayrton, width 140. The other c.1960, circular, signed Roberts, diameter 11 cm

A small Royal Worcester cup and saucer painted with fruit, signed Moseley and Ayrton, date marks circa 1926.

A Royal Worcester potpourri vase and cover, hand painted with fruit and signed 'H. Ayrton', elaborate gilt enrichments, the pierced cover with spike finial. Printed marks for 1950. Height 19.5 cm

A Royal Worcester vase and cover, of baluster form, on a gilt base with gilt handles, painted with fruit on a mossy ground, black mark. Painted Harry Aryton.

A Royal Worcester pot pourri painted Ayrton, painted with fruit on mossy ground, the cover gilt with reticulated decoration. Shape 210, p. Height 10 cm.

A Royal Worcester porcelain pot pourri jar and cover signed H. Ayrton, circa 1951 globular, painted with a central scene showing fruit, the reverse a bunch of grapes, the circular foot and base moulded as a gilded woven basket, the pierced cover with a con

Royal Worcester shallow dish with scroll moulded rim, painted with peaches and cherries. Painted and signed by H. Ayrton. Printed black stamp, marked C55. W. 28.5 cm

Royal Worcester bowl, painted with apples and raspberries painted and signed by H. Ayrton. C. 1941. Diameter 20 cm

Royal Worcester pot pourri lidded vase painted with fruit. Painted and signed by height Ayrton. Black printed mark, shape No. 1428 sterling silver. Height 31 cm

Royal Worcester lidded container signed H. Aryton painted with fruit. Height 18 cm

Five Royal Worcester fruit painted porcelain pieces, English, 20th century one pot and cover painted with cattle by H Stinton, 15 cm high, another painted with fruit by H Ayrton. All with black marks

Four Royal Worcester hand painted cabinet plates, each with fruit decoration. One signed E. Townsend and others by H. Ayrton. Marked to base with symbols for 1940 (Townsend) and 1939 for each (Ayrton). Diameter 26.5 cm (each)

A Royal Worcester large two handled covered and reticulated pot pourri by Harry Ayrton, circa 1945, painted with fruit and berries with ribbon bow garlands and heightened in gilt, black factory marks, pattern No. 428 and signed H. Ayrton 30 cm high