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 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 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 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.

A Royal Worcester woven vase with pierced top and bottom. 20 cm high.

A pair of Royal Worcester squat vases, signed Roberts. 7 cm high.

A Royal Worcester vase, signed E. Townsend. 15 cm high.

A Royal Worcester vase, painted peaches and cherries. Signed Roberts. 10 cm high.

A pair of Royal Worcester blush ivory and floral decorated vases. 40 cm high.

A Royal Worcester reticulated vase by George Owen, 1924. Incised G. Owen to the base. 11 cm high.

A pair of Royal Worcester blush ivory urn vases of baluster form. 26 cm high.

Royal Worcester Ivory Porcelain Persian Style Bottle Vase, circa 1890, with flower pierced cylindrical necks and two loop handles, gilded in high relief in the aesthetic style with ferns, puce mark, shape 1169, and 25.5 cm high.

A Royal Worcester vase and stopper with floral design. 27 cm high.

A Royal Worcester dolphin handled blush ivory vase. 30 cm high.

A fine Royal Worcester baluster shaped exhibition vase decorated with a peacock and naturalistic forest setting, circa 1885. 47 cm high.

A covered Royal Worcester vase, 1905, the lobed ovoid vase with a recessed lid having a scalloped gilded collar and decorated with floral sprays and a butterfly upon a blush ivory ground; puce backstamp underside. Height 16 cm

Royal Worcester twin handle vase, decorated with autumn leaves and berries, H11 cm approx

Two Royal Worcester 'Rose' painted vases, signed Ambrose hood, the other Millie Hunt, 1909 and 1923, of ovoid form with green foot and neck, of trumpet form with blush gilt foot and rim, 18 and 19 cm high (2)

A Royal Worcester pot pourri vase and cover, 'Roses' by Kitty Blake, 1918, of ovoid form with raised gilded shoulder, painted both sides, model no 169H, 20 cm high

A large Royal Worcester pot pourri vase and cover, 'Roses' indistinctly signed, H. Martill?, 1911, with trellis and lattice design in relief on cover, foot and base, model no 1286, 31 cm high

A large Grainger Worcester twin handled vase, 'Dairy Cattle' by John Stinton, 1902, of ovoid form with scrolling handles, painted both sides, the front with five cattle the back with acorn branch, model no 998G, height 27 cm

A Grainger Worcester twin handled vase and cover, 'Highland Cattle' by John Stinton, circa 1890, of ovoid pedestal form, painted both sides, the front with six cattle, 27 cm high

A Royal Worcester twin handled vase, 'Highland Cattle' by John Stinton, of ovoid form, painted both sides, Rd no 404014 model no 2256, 25.5 cm high

A Royal Worcester fluted vase, 'Highland Cattle' by John Stinton, 1912, of squat form with long neck, painted both sides, model no 1661, 23.5 cm high

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