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 lidded vase, Highland Cattle painted by H. Stinton (restored finial to cover)

Royal Worcester vase. Painted floral decoration with gilt highlights. Marked 1661 and RN 209597 to base. C.1901. Height 24 cm

Pair Royal Worcester ewers. Blossom decoration. Gilt highlights. Marked RN 17049 and 1047 to bases. C.1904. Height 23 cm (each)

Signed Royal Worcester lidded vase. Signed K[eval] Bettison, hand painted fruit decoration. Dual handled with gilt highlights. Marked 2704/2 to base. Height 17 cm

Royal Worcester, porcelain ewer, 1903, painted by Harry Davis, the handle formed as Melusine clutching a dove to her breast, the body decorated with a continuous Arcadian landscape, signed 'H. Davis', with printed Royal Worcester mark to underside,

A pair of Royal Worcester urn vases, shape 1572, each of squat circular shape with mask handles issuing from the shoulder, neo-classical decorative moulding encircles the shoulder and neck, similar designs decorate the foot, the body painted with summer fl

Royal Worcester hand painted signed vase, by Kitty Blake decorated with autumn leaves and berries, 9.5 cm high approx.

Royal Worcester handled vase slightly tapering body painted with rural scene, signed Harry Davis, circa 1906 #1953, 22 cm height

Royal Worcester ewer ovoid body painted with autumn leaves, fine raised gilt highlights on bright yellow ground, 36 cm height

Royal Worcester vase tapered cylindrical body painted with grain and florals in the aesthetic manner on bright turquoise ground, 29 cm height

Royal Worcester specimen vase ovoid bulbous body painted with flowers highlighted with fine raised gilt, circa 1895 #1712, 33 cm height

Royal Worcester handled vase ovoid body painted with highland sheep, signed Harry Davis, circa 1903 #2192, 26 cm height

Royal Worcester ewer ovoid body painted with highland cattle signed H. Stinton circa 1911 #1309, 27 cm height

Royal Worcester blush ivory vase of globular form with high slender neck, printed & painted with sprays of flowers, with gilt highlights. Rd no 209597, 1661, dated 1903. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, height, 16 cm

Small antique Royal Worcester vase circa 1880, 7.5 cm high approx.

Royal Worcester aesthetic movement vase Bamboo & Leaves. c.1880, 20.5 cm long approx

Pair of antique Royal Worcester style ewers with design registration number to base 223799. One ewer has been repaired, 33.5 cm high approx.

A Royal Worcester ivory pitcher vase 1885. The straight sided tapering vase with a shaped pouring rim and an applied handle having a husk motif, rope twist border to the base and decorated with handpainted informal sprays of chrysanthemum flowers in pink a

A Victorian Royal Worcester shell and coral pocket vase 1880, modelled as a conch shell in realistic colours wrapped in twisting pink branches of coral with touches of bright pink seaweed; puce backstamp underside. Length 27.5 cm

Royal Worcester 'Highland cattle' pair of ewers by Harry Stinton of inverted funnel shape, with elaborate gilt handles & banding, stamped & dated 1910, numbered '1260'. Condition: good, minor wear to the gilding. Height 16 cm

A pair Royal Worcester highland cattle vases by, Harry Stinton, circa 1950, hand painted porcelain, signed 'H Stinton' with printed factory marks to base. Height 10 cm

A Royal Worcester small specimen vase, ovoid shape with tall neck with two handles, hand painted with flowers on an ivory ground. Shape 94.2 cm. Height 17.5 cm

A Royal Worcester vase, tall ovoid shape with gilded trumpet mouth and spreading foot, hand painted with roses, shape 2640. Height 16.5 cm

A Royal Worcester ewer, decorated with flowers on an ivory ground, shape 1040. Height 34.5 cm

An early 20th century Royal Worcester cabinet vase, tear drop shape with two gilded handles in the Greek manner low on the body, raised on a circular spreading foot with gilt highlighted moulded decoration, the body hand painted with thistles and wild flow

A Royal Worcester two-handled vase painted with carnations by Roberts, ovoid shape with Grecian style handles, mouth and spreading foot painted in bright green enamels, highlighted with gilt, the entire body decorated with vibrantly coloured carnations to

A Royal Worcester potpourri vase and cover painted by Skerrett, Shape H162, painted with peaches and blackberries on a mossy ground, signed. Height 12 cm

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

Royal Worcester handpainted highland cattle vase signed H. Stinton, 8 cm high approx

Royal Worcester vase, puce mark, shape number 1538, signed M Hunt, painted with roses, 18 cm high

A Royal Worcester vase, painted by Mildred Hunt with roses, 10 cm high together with a Royal Worcester vase, painted with roses, signed M. Hunt, with puce mark. Shape number 2260, 14 cm high.

A Royal Worcester blush ivory lizard decorated ewer. 16 cm high.

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

A Royal Worcester potpourri vase, hand painted fruit. Signed Freeman. 11.5 cm high.

A Victorian Royal Worcester blush ivory Arabesque ewer, circa 1901, the compressed circular body with a cylindrical neck, hand painted with a wildflower scene, pattern no. 1191, 26.5 cm high

A Royal Worcester figural stem vase, modelled as a turtle balancing a monkey and frog on its shell, beside a bamboo formed vase on a rock formation, impressed factory stamp to base, 23 cm high

A Royal Worcester two handled vase, James Stinton, circa 1908, the bulbous body painted with a pheasant scene, signed Jas Stinton, flanked by two small scroll handles, puce factory mark to base, pattern no. 1515, 15.5 cm high

A Royal Worcester fluted vase, Harry Stinton, circa 1917, the compressed cylindrical body with an elongated and fluted neck, hand painted with a highland cattle scene, signed H. Stinton supported by a circular pedestal foot, puce factory mark to base, patt

A Royal Worcester 'Hadley Ware' fluted vase, Walter Sedgley, circa 1905, the bulbous body hand painted with a pheasant scene, green factory mark to base, signed W.J. Sedgley, 20 cm high

A Royal Worcester two handled two handled vase, circa 1867, the baluster in form, with a hand painted and enamelled floral motif to body, a fluted neck flanked by two gilded dolphin handles, puce factory mark to base, pattern no. 1327, 27 cm high

A Royal Worcester bottle vase, circa 1891, conical in form with an elongated cylindrical neck flanked by two scroll handles, the body decorated with a wildflower motif, puce factory mark to base, pattern no. 1432, 29 cm high