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 pair framed Royal Worcester porcelain plaques, by Richard Sebright, circa 1913 date mark, depicting still life fruit scenes, signed lower middle left and right, with puce factory mark verso, frame size: 18.8 x 185 cm

Small handpainted Royal Worcester ewer signed R. Sebright, dated 1908, H17.5 cm approx

Royal Worcester hand painted "fruit" plate together with timber stand, cobalt blue and pink in colour with gilt highlights, signed R. Sebright, diameter 22 cm approx

Royal Worcester plate shaped circular painted with fruit, peaches & gooseberries within ornate border, signed R Sebright, 22.5 cm dia

A Royal Worcester dessert set, hand painted with fruit by Richard Sebright, (9) comprising nine plates and two tazza, having a Royal blue ground, the central gilt framed reserve decorated with various fruits on a woodland floor, the border having 6 pale sa

Royal Worcester Richard Sebright painted cabinet plate, the central circular reserve painted with pears, raspberries, and leaves, signed R. Sebright, within a wide cobalt blue with profuse gilt with panels of swags and scrolls. Puce mark. 1924. 24 cm diame

Two Royal Worcester dessert plates, by and signed Richard Sebright, having a Royal blue ground, the central gilt framed reserve decorated with berries and plums on a woodland floor, the border having 6 pale salmon pink ground reserves highlighted with gild

Royal Worcester hand painted ewer with fruit decoration, signed 'R.Sebright', 17 cm high approx.

A 1920s Royal Worcester Sebright fruit painted cabinet plate, the central circular panel with peaches, grapes, raspberries, leaves and florals, finely painted and signed R. Sebright, framed with a wide cobalt band lavishly gilded with panels, swags and scr

A Royal Worcester R.Sebright fruit painted cabinet plate, the central panel with apples & grapes on a leafy ground, signed, the cobalt border with pale peach toned panels and elaborate gilt enrichments. printed marks for 1918. Diameter 22 cm

A Royal Worcester urn by Richard Sebright, circa 1909 painted with a cartouche of fruit and blossom within a delicately gilded border on a cobalt blue ground, puce printed factory mark and signed R. Sebright 21. 5 cm high

R. Sebright, four Royal Worcester cabinet plates, each depicting lush fruit including raspberries, yellow plums, grapes, strawberries and nectarines Artist signed, red stamped maker's mark, 'Specially made for Asprey's', C1864BT/ WS (4). Diameter 21.5 cm

A finely painted Royal Worcester pedestal plate, by R.Sebright, the centre panel of apples and grapes surrounded by rich gilding to a shaped border of pink and blue ground, circa 1910, 23 cm diameter

A Royal Worcester decorative cabinet plate, the centre hand painted with apples and blackberries, signed R. Sebright, the cobalt blue and plink border heavily embellished with gold, 192.6 cm hairline crack to centre. Diameter 22 cm

A set of ten Royal Worcester plates by Richard Sebright for Asprey, dated 1935 and 1937, each painted with a rich variety of fruit within a crimson border enriched with gilt scroll and shell decoration, signed, puce factory mark (10) 27 cm diameter

A Royal Worcester plate painted Richard Sebright, a cartouche painted with landscape within blue and gilt border. Diameter 23 cm.

An assembled Royal Worcester porcelain dessert service bearing multiple signatures; R. (Richard) Sebright circa 1917, F. (Frank) Roberts circa 1912, G.H.Cole circa 1912., the twelve piece set comprising ten scallop edged plates and two scallop edged oval d

A rare Royal Worcester fruit plate, richly decorated with an apple, pear and raspberries, the salmon and blue ground with gilt decoration. By R. Sebright diameter 22.5 cm

Royal Worcester cabinet plate, exquisitely gilded and hand painted with peaches and grapes. By R. Sebright diameter 23 cm

Important pair Royal Worcester hand painted fruit still life centred display plates with extensive gilt decoration, signed R. Sebright, c.1921. 22 cm diameter

Fine Royal Worcester covered ewer shaped vase, with blue d'roi ground, magnificent Beatrice panel painted with fruit, the whole gilded to the highlights, signed R. Sebright.

Pair of Royal Worcester plates with green grounds, gilded swags and fruit centre panels, by R. Sebright

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