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 'Old Worcester Parrot' vase, 7.5 cm high approx.

Royal Worcester handpainted vase, berry & gilt decoration, signed K. Blake, 8.5 cm high approx.

Royal Worcester blush ivory vase, circa 1901, hand painted with floral and gilt decoration, 23.5 cm high

Royal Worcester blush ivory vase, circa 1910, hand painted with floral and gilt decoration, 16 cm high

Victorian Royal Worcester blush ivory vase, circa 1896 with twin handles, hand painted with floral and gilt decoration, 23 cm high

A large Royal Worcester Sabrina ware porcelain vase, circa 1929, stamped Royal Worcester, Made in England, Sabrina Procelain, 2482, 45cm high

Three Royal Worcester Sabrina ware vases, circa 1913, comprising a vase painted with highland cattle and signed Jack Southall, other vase and bowl with floral decoration, the vase signed Walter Sedgley, stamped Royal Worcester England Made in England, tall

A Royal Worcester Sabrina ware 'Crane' decorated vase, circa 1910, by Albert Shuck, stamped Royal Worcester England, Sabrina ware, shape 2208, together with a Royal Worcester Sabrian ware crystalline glaze vase, the crane vase 10cm high, 17cm diame

Two Royal Worcester Sabrina ware 'Fish' decorated vases, circa 1926 and 1929, one signed W.H. Austin, stamped and incised Royal Worcester, Made in England, Sabrina Ware Porcelain numbered G932, tallest 20.5cm high

A Royal Worcester Sabrina ware crystalline glaze Art Nouveau vase, circa 1908, impressed and inscribed Royal Worcester, England, Sabrina ware, shape 2169, 28cm high

A Royal Worcester Sabrina ware 'Birds on a Bow' decorated vase, circa 1926, impressed and inscribed Royal Worcester Made in England, Sabrina Porcelain, shape 2550, 17cm high

A Royal Worcester Sabrina ware 'Fish' decorated vase, circa 1925, painted by W. H. Austin, impressed and inscribed Royal Worcester Made in England, Sabrina Ware, shape 2195, 20.5cm high

A Royal Worcester Sabrina ware 'Highland Cattle' decorated vase, dated 1907, painted by Jack Southall, impressed and inscribed Royal Worcester England, Sabrina Ware, shape 2196, 19cm high

A Royal Worcester Sabrina ware 'Crane' vase, early 20th century, stamped Royal Worcester England, 19.5cm high

A Royal Worcester figurine of a Japanese gentleman, circa 1912, pattern 2/123, in amber glazed parian ware imitating ivory, the serene figure of a man in typical oriental dress leaning on a stand with a vase and raised on a shaped base with a fret design,

A Royal Worcester vase, inverted baluster form, decorated with blackberries, blossom and leaves, with associated cover. Shape H279, green mark, date code for 1908. Height 10 cm

A mid-20th century Royal Worcester hand painted Highland Cattle potpourri by Harry Stinton, the lobed ovoid vase with two cattle in a landscape setting, gilt enrichments, the pierced lid with ovoid finial, the point with chip. Printed marks, date code for

A Royal Worcester hand painted Highland Cattle specimen vase by Harry Stinton, the front painted with two cattle in a lakeside landscape, small vignette to the reverse, signed, printed marks including the date code for 1908, gilt highlights. Height 14 cm

Antique Royal Worcester vase, with gilt leaf decoration,circa 1880, height 7.5 cm approx

Royal Worcester handpainted vase, rose & gilt decoration, signed M. Hunt, 13.5 cm high approx.

Royal Worcester two handled bud vase with floral decoration on three feet

A pair of Grainger Worcester reticulated vases and covers, with turquoise gilt jewelling. Approx. 25 cm high

A Royal Worcester two-handled lidded urn vase, painted with Highland cattle, signed E. Townsend. Date marks c.1960. Height 21 cm

A Royal Worcester dragon ewer, circa 1884, with cypher mark for decorator Charles Baldwin, finely decorated with an owl and ravens in flight, in enamel colours with pale aqua highlights and gilt enrichments upon an ivory ground, the handle in the form of

Signed Royal Worcester handpainted fruit vase, height 10.5 cm approx

Royal Worcester porcelain blush ivory lidded vase, painted poppies and wheat, circa 1910,No. 2209, marks to base, 17 cm high approx

Royal Worcester porcelain blush ivory vase, with lion mask handles, hand painted decoration depicting summer flowers, no. 1399, marks to base, 16 cm high approx

Royal Worcester twin handle fruit vase, signed Freeman, height 16.5 cm approx

Royal Worcester blush ivory vase, handpainted & twin handled, 21 cm high approx.

Royal Worcester porcelain blush ivory trumpet vase, RN 329878, 18 cm high approx

A 19th century Royal Worcester ewer vase, the front panel decorated with wild poppies, forget-me-nots and wheat, conforming small panel to the reverse, mythical beast mask and face to the handle with three further faces to the shoulder, multi-coloured flow

A Royal Worcester two handled vase and cover by John Stinton, 1906, painted with highland cattle, puce factory marks and model No. 2158, 26 cm high

Royal Worcester specimen vase ovoid body painted with highland sheep signed H Davis 28.5 cm height

Royal Worcester signed porcelain vase. Signed M Hunt. Floral decoration with gilt highlights. Marked to base 1889-15-74 c1918.

Royal Worcester vase, stained ivory with painted flowers. Puce mark. 15 cm high.

A pair of extremely rare Japonism Royal Worcester vases with bird and cherry blossom decoration and elephant handles. 20 cm high.

A Royal Worcester green and gilded specimen vase. 23.5 cm high.

A Royal Worcester reticulated vase with Persian influence decoration, gilded highlights, circa 1884. 30 cm high.

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