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 Royal Worcester ewer with moulded gilt dragon handle painted with a moonlit birds, probably by Charles Baldwyn, 1887, puce factory mark and model no. 1048 15 cm high

A Royal Worcester Charles Baldwyn twin-handled vase, finely executed bird figure to centre of vase. Impressed and stamped to base, date code for 1890. 17 cm high

Royal Worcester Charles Baldwyn hand painted vase with two snakeskin patterned handles, of baluster form, painted on both sides with pigeons amongst foliage on a circular scroll footed base. 'Rd. number 404014 2256', date code for 1947. A 4mm early paint c

Antique Royal Worcester 'crowned' porcelain vase. The swallow decoration possibly by Charles Baldwyn, date code for 1888

A Royal Worcester tusk jug attributed to Charles Baldwyn, circa 1887, fashioned as tusk segment with applied antler shaped handle, decorated with an evening scene of birds at rest, puce factory mark to base, 22.5 cm high

A Royal Worcester footed vase signed C. Baldwyn, circa 1903, a low set beaker raised on three padded feet, decorated with white swans in flight, green factory mark to base, 11 cm high

A Royal Worcester pedestal urn and cover by Charles Baldwyn, 1903, the urn fitted with mask handles and moulded banded decoration, painted and gilded with flying swans and water reeds, 17 cm high. Painted signature, printed green factory mark, Registration

Royal Worcester covered vase, 'Flock of Four Swans, in Flight', dated 1900, painted by Charles Baldwyn, signed lower right, decorated with gilding, and painted enamels. Height 26 cm

A Royal Worcester lidded vase signed C.Hc (Charles) Baldwyn, circa 1902, baluster on flared foot with pierced terminals to each side hand painted with a flock of swans in flight on a pale blue ground, the cover moulded and with lobed finial, green factory

A large Royal Worcester covered vase by Charles Baldwyn, circa 1896 with a stepped foot and ornate scrolling acanthus handles, the baluster body painted and gilt with flying swans and rushes on a matt blue ground, green printed factory marks and signed C.

A fine classical shaped two handled Royal Worcester vase, painted by Charles Baldwyn of doves on a powder blue background, tastefully highlighted with fine gilding, circa 1903-1910, 27 cm high

A fine classical shaped two handled Royal Worcester vase and cover, painted by Charles Baldwyn of doves on a powder blue background, tastefully highlighted with fine gilding, circa 1903-1910, 30 cm high

True pair Royal Worcester vases 'Flock of Five Swans, in Flight', dated 1902, painted by Charles Baldwyn signed lower left and lower right with double outer handles, decorated with gilding, and enamels shape number 2049. Height 24 cm

A Royal Worcester vase and cover by Charles Baldwyn, circa 1900, finely painted and gilt with white swans taking flight against a pale blue ground within gilt borders, printed factory marks and shape number 1515 25 cm high

A Royal Worcester painted and gilded jug, having two panels of birds, (attributed to Charles Baldwyn) upon an apple green ground, dated, 1894. Height 20 cm

Royal Worcester twin handled ovoid vase by Charles Baldwyn, with a powder blue body, painted with four fan-tailed doves amidst richly gilded foliage sprays, back stamped, printed mark (Rd No 345091) and date coded for 1906

Royal Worcester porcelain lidded urn of baluster shape with a pierced neck, a painted scene of white swans taking flight amongst bulrushes, the reverse showing a swallow in flight on a bleu celeste ground, scroll acanthus handles, a circular foot, gilt hig

A pair of Royal Worcester porcelain vases signed C. Baldwyn, circa 1903, ovoid each painted with a scene of white swans taking flight amongst bulrushes the reverse showing a swallow in flight on a bleu celeste ground flanked by scroll terminals circular fo

Royal Worcester porcelain pot pourri vase and cover of ovoid shape with a circular pierced neck, a painted scene of white swans taking flight amongst bulrushes, the reverse showing a swallow in flight on a bleu celeste ground, scroll acanthus handles, a ci

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