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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 hand painted fruit ewer, signed R.Sebright, circa 1908, height 17 cm approx

Royal China Works Worcester blush ivory vase, with handpainted butterfly and floral decoration

Royal Worcester blush ivory basket vase, with hand painted floral decoration and scroll pedestal base, height 15 cm approx

Royal Worcester 'Kitty Blake' vase on four feet, hand painted with autumn fruits,signed K. Blake,H9.5 cm approx

Royal Worcester 'Hadley Ware' twin handle vase, circa 1905, with hand painted daffodil decoration, height 18.5 cm approx

Royal Worcester 'Kitty Blake' twin handle vase, hand painted with autumn fruits,signed K. Blake, height 11 cm approx

Pair of Royal Worcester Hadley style goblet vases, with handpainted floral decoration and figural scroll pedestal base, circa 1907, height 20.5 cm approx

Royal Worcester pot pouri vase, handpainted with highland cattle, signed H. Stinton, 11 cm high approx.

Royal Worcester blush ivory twin handled vase, with hand painted floral decoration, 14 cm high approx.

Victorian Grainger Worcester pot pourri vase, with hand painted floral and gilt decoration, upper pierced rim of base repaired, 17 cm high approx

A fine pair of Aesthetic movement Royal Worcester vases, 1882, decorator's initials Fr (Frank Roberts?), incised pattern number possibly 652, ovoid vases with a trio of curled and trailing snake handles, finely decorated with glazed waterlilies and bol

Bud vase. Royal Worcester basket style double end vase, with simulated cane handle, purple mark 1888, width 20.5 cm

Vase. Royal Worcester tusk ice jug, simulated deer antler handle, model 1116 purple mark, height 21 cm

Ewer. Royal Worcester, bamboo ewer, model 1333, purple mark 1889, gold painted handle, height 23 cm

Ewer. Royal Worcester, bamboo ewer, model 1333, purple mark 1890, height 23 cm

A mid-20th century Royal Worcester Highland Cattle vase by Harry Stinton, the two cattle painted in a traditional landscape, signed, cylindrical form with pierced rim, scrolling feet and gilt highlights, shape G42. Height 14.5 cm

A Royal Worcester potpourri vase and cover painted by Roberts, shape H162, similar to above. Height 12 cm

A Royal Worcester potpourri vase and cover painted by Roberts, shape H162, painted with peaches and grapes on a mossy ground, signed. Height 12 cm

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

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