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 hand painted signed vase, by Kitty Blake decorated with autumn leaves and berries, 9.5 cm high approx.

A Royal Worcester display plate with hand painted rose decoration signed Kitty Blake and dated 1926. Diameter 13 cm

A Royal Worcester posy vase with hand painted floral and berry decoration to the exterior body. Signed K. Blake 'Kitty'. Height 7 cm

Royal Worcester twin handle vase hand painted with autumn fruits, signed K. Blake, height 11 cm approx

A Royal Worcester floral decorated pot pourri, signed K. Blake. 13 cm high

A Royal Worcester fruit decorated pot pourri, signed K. Blake. 18 cm high

Royal Worcester Kitty Blake pair of floral vases of trumpet shape, painted with roses, within shaded gilt borders, one signed K Blake, dated 1924. Condition good, minor age related wear. Height 19 cm

Two items of Royal Worcester, a vase and a petite dish, 1937 and 1959, the earlier vase of baluster form with autumn berries upon a creamy yellow ground and signed Kitty Blake to the upper body, and with puce mark and pattern number G461 underside; the pet

A small Kitty Blake Royal Worcester vase, the squat spherical form hand painted with berry leaves and flowers, signed K. Blake. Diameter 7.5 cm.

A Royal Worcester baluster vase painted with flowers and signed 'K.Blake' for Kitty Blake, dated for 1941. Height 15 cm

A Royal Worcester autumn fruit squat vase with blackberry decoration. Signed Blake. Height 7.5 cm. Diameter 11 cm

Pair Royal Worcester cylindrical vases. Painted autumn leaves & berries. Signed K[itty] Blake. One restored. Height 24 cm. (each)

Royal Worcester handpainted vase, signed K.Blake, with leaf and berry decoration, 10.5 cm high approx,

A Royal Worcester bowl painted by Kitty Blake, with blackberries, blossoms and autumnal toned leaves to the interior and exterior; the rim and foot highlighted with gilding, the rim with serpentine etching. Diameter 18 cm

Royal Worcester fruit painted vase by Kitty Blake with gilded detail. Height 16 cm

Royal Worcester floral vase & two dishes the vase & one dish signed by Kitty Blake & the other dish signed my Mildred Hunt. Height of vase 7.5 cm

Royal Worcester lidded potpourri bowl by Kitty Blake hand painted with berries and heavily gilded with reticulated neck and cover, dated 1942-48, shape number H165, signed K Blake. Height 15 cm

Royal Worcester hand painted vase by Kitty Blake deocrated with flowering fruit, circa 1945. Height 8 cm

Royal Worcester Kitty Blake signed vase, hand painted with autumn fruits, signed 'K. Blake', 10.5 cm high approx

Royal Worcester Kitty Blake signed vase, hand painted with autumn fruits, signed 'K. Blake', 15.5 cm high approx, damage to base

Two Royal Worcester vases by Kitty Blake, dated 1930 and 1934, one of boat shaped form with scrolling acanthus handles, the other of globular form with four out swept feet, each painted with flowers, berries and leaves within gilt borders, puce printed fac

A Royal Worcester bowl painted Kitty Blake, the interior painted with fruit and blackberries with gilt banding, the exterior painted with fruit and berries. Puce mark cipher 1935. 9 cm high, 18.5 cm wide.

A Royal Worcester bowl painted Kitty Blake, the interior painted with fruit and blackberries with gilt banding, the exterior painted with fruit and berries. 9 cm high, 23 cm wide.

A Royal Worcester lidded potpourri, fluted ovoid shape, painted with rose blossoms and buds in the manner of Kitty Blake, the neck and cover with tinted gilding and pierced. Green mark, shape H.278, c.1909. Height 13.5 cm

A Royal Worcester vase, painted by Kitty Blake, of globular form painted blackberries flowers and cherries puce mark date cipher 1938. 7 cm high

A Royal Worcester vase painted by Kitty Blake, trumpet shape, painted with blackberries, foliage and blossom, signed, trumpet shape G923, puce mark, c.1940. Height 15.5 cm

A Royal Worcester posy vase painted with blackberries, signed K.Blake, the rims gilded, date marks c.1950. Height 8.5 cm

Royal Worcester 'Maple' vase by Kitty Blake signed H Blake, on three gilt ball feet with double handles. Signed K Blake. Height 9 cm

Royal Worcester hand painted blackberries small lidded urn, by K. Blake. 1949. Height 13 cm

An early 20th century Royal Worcester jardiniere by Blake, the four shaped panels painted with roses in red and yellow, signed, raised gilt highlights, printed marks for 1912 and 'F132/H 10.54'. Height 11 cm, diameter 14.5 cm

A Royal Worcester jardiniere painted by May Blake, date mark for 1907, body shape F118 of compressed globular form with a pierced everted rim and a raised shaped foot, raised work and borders and gilt details throughout, the body with four reserves painted

Royal Worcester hand painted blackberries squat pot pourri jar by K. Blake.1937. Height 17 cm

Pair of Royal Worcester pin dishes hand painted and signed by Kitty Blake

Royal Worcester vase hand painted with fruit signed Kitty Blake

Royal Worcester pot pourri jar with painted blackberries. Painted and signed by K. Blake. Shape No. 279 over H, c. 1951. Height 14 cm

A Royal Worcester bottle shaped specimen vase, the squat circular body painted with roses in the manner of Kitty Blake, the trumpet neck moulded with acanthus at the mouth and embellished with gilding. Green mark, shape G702, c. 1912. Height 14 cm

A Royal Worcester lidded vase, circa 1920, the bud finial and pierced lid above bulbous body. Decorated with draping gilt borders encompassing berries and leaves against a cream ground. Standing on gilt rimmed foot, signed K. Blake. Height 16.5 cm, notes h

Royal Worcester vase with blackberry decoration signed Kitty Blake, date code for 1928

A Royal Worcester pot pourri vase, signed K. Blake, circa 1950. Baluster form painted with blackberries and leaves within relief moulded pendant borders, rising to a pierced domed lid and a bud finial black factory mark. Shape. H 279. Height 13 cm

Royal Worcester baluster shaped vase, with flared neck decorated with variegated orchids, signed K. Blake. Height 21 cm