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 covered urn by William Hawkins, circa 1901, the tapering baluster body with scrolling acanthus handles painted and gilt with a cartouche of fruit on a cobalt blue ground, green printed factory marks and signed 'Hawkins' 39.5 cm high

A Royal Worcester vase and cover by William Hawkins, circa 1901 the ovoid body flanked by winged gryphon handles and painted with a fruit cartouche on a green ground, green printed factory marks and signed Hawkins 42. 5 cm high

A Royal Worcester plaque painted by William Hawkins, date mark for 1903, painted with 'A Cavalier' after J.L.E. Meissonier within a gilt oval and pale green border, signed, printed factory mark to the reverse, in a giltwood frame. Height 14.5 cm. Width 10.

A Royal Worcester covered vase painted by William A. Hawkins, date mark for 1900, body shape 2090, registration number 350192Baluster shape with a finialed cover, a pair of large dragon handles to the shoulder and gryphons around the foot, the green-glazed

A Royal Worcester two handled vase and cover, painted with apples, black grapes, framed by gilded scroll work on mazorine blue ground, elaborate gilding to mask handles and domed lid. Signed W. Hawkins, circa 1901-1911

A Royal Worcester porcelain vase, painted William Hawkins with a cartouche still-life of fruit and flowers within a shaped raised gilt borders, flanked by pierced scroll handles, on a circular foot, puce printed factory mark, shape 2098, and date cipher 19

Pair of Royal Worcester cabinet plates, with cobalt blue border gilded shaped border bowl, decorated with the fruit and objects d'virtu on a sideboard, signed W. A. Hawkins. Diameter 21 cm

Impressive Royal Worcester urn shaped vase, the rouge ground decorated with raised and gilded with gilded spouts, the handles gilded entwined vine leaves reaching up to the neck and with grapes below, a gilded cartouche in relief to painted panel of peache

A pair of Royal Worcester urns by Hawkins, each with an elaborate cartouche, decorated with a 'Still Life' scene depicting fruit, on a royal blue ground with fine ribbon, bows, and grape leaf gilding

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