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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Antique Worcester cross twig handle basket, attributed to Grainger Lee Worcester, circa 1825-30, 7 cm high, 13.2 cm long approx

A Grainger & Co reticulated cup, 1870-89 period, the ivory coloured cup with a decorative pierced outer layer over a solid lining, with gilt trimmed borders, and a leaf embellished ring and scroll handle, raised upon three scrolling feet; brown backstamp a

Pair of lidded Grainger & Co. Worcester pierced rim and jewelled surround painted cartouches pot pourri all on tri footed bases each approx 12 cm high

A set of eight George Grainger & Co dinner plates 1870-1889, the Chinoiserie patterned plates in iron red with a central pavilion and garden setting bordered with flowers and bamboo between gold bands; with shield backstamps and impressed marks underside .

A Grainger porcelain reticulated vase. Between 1870-1889, the tapering baluster vase in cream with gilt highlights and deep pink enamel beading having a finely pierced body with leaves, tendrils and mascarons supported upon a shaped triangular base by thre

A Grainger Worcester vase. Moon shape. It is deep blue with gilt butterflies and foliage with moulded dolphin handles. 16 cm high

A Grainger Worcester reticulated vase and cover, late 19th century, the baluster body raised on a circular foot with finely pierced scroll work decoration and gilt highlights, 30 cm high, shape number G409, green printed factory mark

A Grainger & Co Worcester porcelain reticulated twin handled vase, C1880 retorations to handles 19.5 cm high

A Grainger Lee Worcester vase, deep blue with painted cartouche of flowers with moulded handles and flared neck, the base with underglaze scripted mark. Height 29 cm.

A Grainger Worcester plate, the centre painted with a Castle titled on reverse Lord Bryon birth place, within a moulded pierced gilt border. Width 25 cm. Depth 21 cm.

A Grainger Worcester plate painted with Bryon birth place within a moulded border. Diameter 23 cm

A Grainger Worcester vase of bulbous form with a continuous band of raised gilt flower and leaf decoration with a flared neck and gilt handles. Height 32 cm

An English porcelain basket, maroon and gilt painted with flowers. Possibly Coalport or Grainger Worcester, circa 1835. Width 21.5 cm

Worcester Grainger vase with cut out detail and gilt edges

A Grainger Worcester reticulated vase of globular form with gilt rim. Height 11 cm

A Grainger Worcester vase, of baluster form with moulded base and flared pierced neck. Height 32 cm

A Grainger Worcester ewer painted with birds in flight, of globular form with cylindrical neck and moulded gilt handle

A Royal Worcester ewer. Shape 1048. Height 11 cm. Together with a Grainger Worcester vase of ovoid form with a cylindrical flared neck. Height 20 cm

A Grainger Worcester reticulated vase of cylindrical flared form, on a moulded base with gilt decoration. Height 10.5 cm

A fine English reticulated porcelain vase, unmarked but in the style of Grainger & Co. Worcester, the tapering ovoid body finely pierced with foliate decoration and moulded mythological mask heads beneath a flared rim gilt and puce highlights the separate

Grainger Worcester potpourri painted with flowers and original Liner cover

A Grainger Lee & Co Worcester spill vase decorated with white and pink roses on a gilt background, script mark, c1820, height 13 cm