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, porcelain ewer, 1903, painted by Harry Davis, the handle formed as Melusine clutching a dove to her breast, the body decorated with a continuous Arcadian landscape, signed 'H. Davis', with printed Royal Worcester mark to underside,

Royal Worcester handled vase slightly tapering body painted with rural scene, signed Harry Davis, circa 1906 #1953, 22 cm height

Royal Worcester handled vase ovoid body painted with highland sheep, signed Harry Davis, circa 1903 #2192, 26 cm height

A Royal Worcester two handled vase, Harry Davis, circa 1924, ovoid, painted with Norfolk sheep, signed by the artist, with two C scroll handles, seated on a pedestal foot, puce factory mark to base, model no. 1951, 31 cm high

A fine hand painted Royal Worcester vase, painted with a panel in the manner of Harry Davis with a stag in a winter starlit landscape. tall tapering shape with trumpet neck, gilded wreaths form ring handles to the sides, the painted panel framed by wreaths

A Royal Worcester porcelain dessert set painted by Harry Davis, circa 1895, 23 cm diameter (7)

A Royal Worcester 'Sheep' porcelain vase by Harry Davis, dated 1913, of amphora form, the ovoid body gently lobed with upswept acanthus capped gilded handles, raised on gilded acanthus moulded circular foot, the body painted with three sheep grazing by a l

An important Royal Worcester 'Windsor Castle' porcelain vase and cover by Harry Davis, dated 1904, of campagna form with upswept scroll handles, standing on a stepped plinth base, embellished with satyr heads and laurel garlands mimicked on the shoulder wi

Royal Worcester Harry Davis cabinet plate painted with a fly fisherman in a Regal English rural scene, signed 'Sivad', dated 1899. Diameter 27.5 cm

Royal Worcester Harry Davis vase. Painted highland sheep dec. Signed H.Davis. Stamped to base for 1898. Height 15 cm

Royal Worcester vase by Harry Davis depicting a lowland sheep scene, circa 1910, shape number 1661. Height 23.5 cm

Royal Worcester: porcelain comport (c1926) painted by Harry Davis with iconic sheep in country landscape scene titled 'River Severn Nr Worcester'. Oval form with gilded border. restored and hairline crack. 32 cm x 20 cm x 8 cm.

Royal Worcester vase by Harry Davis featuring a sailing ship, registration number 345091, (some restoration to the spout) height 23 cm

A fine Royal Worcester pedestal vase painted by Harry Davis, the front panel finely painted with black face sheep amidst a misty Highland landscape, the reverse with a single tree dominating the rocky landscape, campana urn form with knopped pedestal stem

A Royal Worcester bowl painted Harry Davis, the exterior deep blue, the interior painted with two sheep in misty Scottish highlands. Blue under glaze mark. 11 cm wide.

A Royal Worcester vase, 1903, an egg shaped two handled vase in cream upon a rounded foot rising to a slender flared neck, with a finely painted scene of highland sheep beneath a winter sky by Harry Davis, signed H. Davis, with gilt highlights overall, mak

A Royal Worcester pedestal vase and cover by Harry Davis, 1905 the large tapered vase with twin scrolled branched handles painted with an oval panel of a shepherd and his flock in a wooded landscape within a delicate gilded border on a rich cobalt ground w

Pair of Royal Worcester tall cylindrical vases painted with sheep, signed Harry Davis

Two Royal Worcester plates by John Stinton and Harry Davis the Kilchurn Castle plate is painted by John Stinton (signed) and the picturesque scene is painted by Harry Davis (signed). 1914 and 1907 painted with Kilchurn Castle and a picturesque scene within

A Royal Worcester vase by Harry Davis, circa 1924, painted with a bucolic scene of black-faced sheep by a stream, signed 'H. Davis', green printed factory marks to base 10.5 cm high

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting cattle and a woman picking flowers in an English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting cottages and fisherman within an English river landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting young boy on boat with figures and castle in an English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting country cottage with fisherman in an English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting a young couple in boat and a castle in an English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting children playing in an English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting a shepherd with his sheep, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting Mother and Child frollicking in an English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting flowers and country cottages in an English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting couple in boat on an English river landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting woman with her dog and Highand cattle, signed Harry Davis (William Doyle Galleries label)

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting a shepherd and his goat in an English scene, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting sheep and cattle grazing in an English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting cattle grazing beside a river in an English scene, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting a shepherd with his sheep in a English landscape, signed Harry Davis

Rare and important Royal Worcester collector's cabinet plate decorated with powder blue ground and gilded borders with a large central hand painted scene depicting sheep, cattle and a figure in an English landscape, signed Harry Davis

A Royal Worcester vase by Harry Davis, circa 1931 the delicate tapered body painted with a classical landscape cartouche within gilt borders on a deep blue ground, puce printed factory mark and signed H. Davis 29 cm high

A pair of Royal Worcester covered urns by Harry Davis, circa 1909 each tapering baluster body painted with highland sheep on a rocky hillside, within green and gilt borders, puce printed factory marks and signed H. Davis (2) 24 cm high

A Royal Worcester covered vase painted by Harry Davis, date mark for 1911, body shape 2192Baluster shape with a pair of foliate squared loop handles to the shoulder and a finialed cover, green and white-glazed with extensive gilt decoration throughout, one

A Royal Worcester vase painted by Harry Davis, date mark for 1909, body shape 2059 of baluster shape with a pair of loop and animal mask handles to the shoulder, raised and gilt foliate details to the rim, shoulder, and foot, the body painted to one side w

A Royal Worcester footed bowl painted by Harry Davis, date mark for 1919, body shape 2130, the rounded circular bowl with a flanged rim and a pair of intertwined loop handles raised on a circular foot, moulded, beaded, and gilt decoration throughout, the c

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