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 fine Royal Worcester signed porcelain plaque 1976, with signature of E (Ted) Townsend. Finely enamel decorated with apples, nuts and cane fruits in colours against a naturalistic background, signed lower right and housed in gilt moulded frame; with backs

A Royal Worcester vase, still life fruit. Signed E. Townsend. 15.5 cm high.

Royal Worcester plate centrally painted with pheasant, signed E Townsend within highly ornate gilt border, 23.5 cm

A set of three handpainted Royal Worcester cups and saucers, signed G. Mosely, H. Bee and N.H. Price, c.1929 saucers are signed R. Austin and E. Townsend

A Royal Worcester twin handled highland cattle painted vase. F. Townsend. 21 cm

Royal Worcester, Edward Townsend 'Highland cattle' pair of display plates painted with cattle in misty Scottish highlands with scalloped & gadrooned gilt border. Signed 'E Townsend' condition excellent to good, very minor wear. Diameter 27 cm

Two various signed Royal Worcester plates. Both with fruit decoration, signed E. Townsend. Circular plate; & sandwich plate (as inspected). Depth 15 & 26 cm

Royal Worcester coffee pot painted with fruit, signed E Townsend c1936, 18 cm height

Three finely painted and gilt Royal Worcester cabinet plates by Edward Townsend and David Whatmore, gold mark, circa 1972, 23 cm diameter

Royal Worcester vase, c.1925, fruit pattern, signed 'E Townsend', G923 to base, has been repaired, 19 cm high

Royal Worcester 10 pcs part tea set depicting, birds, each piece is hand painted with a naturalistic bird, scene and signed by the artist, two artists, H Powell and E. Townsend, the set comprises of three cups, three saucers and four side plates. Diameter

A Royal Worcester porcelain lidded urn vase richly gilt and painted with a highland landscape cattle scene. Signed E. Townsend. Height 16 cm

A miniature Royal Worcester cup and saucer with gilt decoration and painted fruit scenes by Price and Townsend. Width 9.6 cm

Royal Worcester porcelain cup and saucer. Hand painted fruit scene by E. Townsend

A Royal Worcester fruit hand painted specimen vase by E. Townsend, the compressed ovoid body with peaches and grapes on a leafy ground, signed, gilt enrichments to the flared top. Printed mark dating to 1937 and shape No. G702. Height 13.5 cm

A Royal Worcester vase painted Edward Townsend, of baluster form with two Scottish highland cattle, signed Townsend, shape No. 249. 9 cm high

Royal Worcester trio, hand painted with fruit by Austin and Townsend

Royal Worcester hand painted highland cattle pedestal lidded urn by E. Townsend. Height 29 cm

A Royal Worcester potpourri vase and cover painted with highland cattle by E. Townsend, ovoid shape with moulded shoulder and foot highlighted with gilt, the pierced cover with cupola finial. Black mark, shape H169, c.1960. Height 16 cm

Royal Worcester, rose jar, c1960 with embossed shoulders and circular foot, the pierced Crown shaped cover gilded, painted by Edward Townsend with highland cattle in meadows, signed E. Townsend, factory mark to base, shape number 2048. Height 24 cm. Ted To

Four Royal Worcester hand painted cabinet plates, each with fruit decoration. One signed E. Townsend and others by H. Ayrton. Marked to base with symbols for 1940 (Townsend) and 1939 for each (Ayrton). Diameter 26.5 cm (each)

Royal Worcester hand painted cup saucer and a vase by E Townsend. Height of tallest 14 cm

Royal Worcester cup and saucer painted with cattle by Harry Stinton and another painted with fruit fruit painted cup signed A.G Moreley and saucer signed E. Townsend. Height of smallest 5.5 cm

Royal Worcester cylindrical vase, decorated with apples and grapes, signed E. Townsend. Height 14 cm

A Royal Worcester small jug painted by George Mosley with apples and blackberries with a gilt interior, puce mark dated 1928. Height 8.5 cm together with a Royal Worcester tea cup painted Edward Townsend with peaches and grapes and a saucer painted Horace

Royal Worcester cabinet plate with hand painted fruit decoration, signed Townsend and date code for 1931

A Royal Worcester highland cattle painted cover vase by E. Townsend of elegant ovoid form raised on a pedestal ring foot (gilded) and with restrained classical twin handles to the shoulder, shape 2713/2, the fore painted with two highland cattle standing a

A Royal Worcester highland cattle painted small pot pourri by E. Townsend of ovoid form, shape H169A, moulded and gilded classical decoration at the shoulder and encircling the short neck, dividing the jar's exterior into four panels, one of which is paint

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Royal Worcester vase dated 1926, painted by Edward Townsend with peaches and strawberries on a forest floor (shape No. F126), and a puce mark

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