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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A Worcester porcelain 'Passion flower' floral group by Ronald van Ruychevett, Realistically modelled, in original fitted case

Loch & Co Worcester blush ivory ewer vase, decorated with hand painted birds and flowers, height 22 cm approx (as inspected)

A Worcester blue ground coffee cup and saucer, 18th century, the cup 6 cm high. Provenance: from the Rous Lench Collection No. 555 Worcester

A Worcester two handled loving cup, 19th century, with inscription to the reverse C. Brooks 1869, 10 cm high

Two Imari decorated tea bowls with saucers, Worcester, English, circa 1770

A fine pair of Worcester figures, gentleman and lady in Middle Eastern attire, circa 1890. 22 cm high.

A rare Worcester first period cup saucer and mug, circa 1757, early transfer printed 'Rural Lovers' cup and saucer unmarked, the 'King of Prussia' mug of bell form with ribbed handle embellished with portrait and military trophies, signed w

A Worcester first period 'Mother and Child' tea bowl and 'Three Flowers' Slops bowl, both, circa 1770-1780, each in typical design, 12 and 15 cm diameter (2)

Two 18th century Worcester cream jugs, circa 1760, the sparrow beak jug of typical form painted with flowers, the other ribbed and picked out in gilt with floral sprays (2)

A fine Worcester chocolate cup and cover with stand, circa 1770, of double ogee form with a deep stand, the domed cover with flower finial, the white ground reserves painted with sprays of fruit and scattered insects within apple green and gilt ground, pap

A rare pair of Worcester Triangle egg holders, 1863, each of classical design standing on three feet in a pink ground with gilt highlights, with early standard mark, 4 cm high

A Hadley's Worcester Fuchsia decorated pot pourri, 1897-1900, the small ovoid jar with moulded Persian inspired decoration in blush colours with teal trim and a pierced lid with pointed flame finial, delicately painted to the body with reserves of pend

A Hadley's Worcester lily decorated two handled vase, 1897-1900, the neoclassical style shallow boat shaped vase with low set square section bracket handles and squared scroll feet to an oval base, the collar with stiff leaf design and decorated to the

A Chamberlain's Worcester porcelain Sucrier, circa 1785, of oval form with a moulded spiral rib to the body and domed lid and a conforming finial, decorated with moulded ring handles and delicate gold and aubergine sprigs and borders; marked Chamberlai

A first period Worcester sparrow beak jug, English, circa 1765, 9.5 cm high. Provenance: Bishops House Collection, 10 August 1999, Perth

A first period Worcester sparrow beak jug, English, circa 1765, 8.5 cm high. Provenance: Bishops House Collection, 10 August 1999, Perth

A Chamberlain Worcester armorial jug with the crest of Hoskins, English, circa 1795, 13 cm high. Provenance: Peter Foster Antiques, Sydney

A first period Worcester teapot and cover, English, circa 1756, 15 cm high. Provenance: Bishops House Collection, 10 August 1999, Perth

First period Worcester ‘;Dalhousie’ type fluted trio, English, circa 1780, 6.5 cm high. Provenance: Bishops House Collection, 10 August 1999, Perth

A first period Worcester fluted trio, English circa 1775-80, 6.5 cm high. Provenance: Bishops House Collection 10 August 1999, Perth

A first period Worcester fluted coffee cup and saucer, English, circa 1780, 7 cm high. Provenance: Bishops House Collection, 10 August 1999, Perth

A first period Worcester 'Hop trellis' type fluted trio, English circa 1775. Provenance: Bishops House Collection 10 August 1999, Perth

First period Worcester Basket, English, circa 1765, 8 cm high, 19 cm wide, 15 cm deep. Provenance: Bishops House Collection 10 August 1999, Perth

A first period Worcester Blue Scale Chocolate cup and saucer, English, circa 1770-75, 8 cm high. Provenance: Peter Foster Antiques, Sydney

A first period Worcester ‘;Blue Scale’ junket dish, English, circa 1770, 24.5 cm high. Provenance: Christie's Melbourne, 28 May 2001

A Worcester porcelain blue and white sauce boat, English, circa 1775, 8.5 cm high. Provenance: Christie's, Melbourne, 24 June 1996

A Worcester porcelain blue and white milk jug, English, circa 1775, 13 cm high. Provenance: Christie's, Melbourne, 24 June 1996

A pair of first period Worcester blue and white ‘Fence Pattern’ tea bowls and saucers, English, circa 1775, 5.5 cm high

A first period Worcester blue and white tea bowl and saucer, English, circa 1780, 6 cm high. Provenance: Bishops House Collection, 10 August 1999, Perth

Worcester cup and saucer, milk and sugar c.1880's, Aesthetic Period

A pair of Chamberlain Worcester titled topographical breakfast cups and saucers, finely painted with 'Buckingham Palace' on a maroon ground and 'Windsor Castle' on an apple green ground, circa 1800, puce factory marks and titles

A signed Locke & Co Worcester pheasant vase, circa 1900-1904, with signature of W. Stinton (Walter). the Persian style vase of tapering and compressed form with a moulded collar and scalloped everted rim, decorated with a pheasant in a naturalistic set

A first period Worcester chestnut basket, cover and stand, circa 1770, of quatre-lobed oval form, printed in blue with the pinecone pattern, the twig handles with applied flowers and leaves at the terminals, the stand and cover modelled with arching panels

Hadley's Worcester vase & cover flattened ovoid body painted with pink and yellow roses, 24 cm height

A small Chamberlain's Worcester bottle vase, compressed in form, finely painted with a scene of 'Malvern', on a cobalt blue ground with gilded highlights, marked Chamberlain's Worcester, Malvern to base, 13 cm high

Victorian Worcester, sauce tureen and stand, approx 17 cm high, 22 cm long, 15 cm deep

A pair of Regency dessert dishes, circa 1820s-30s, Copies of shaped square dessert dishes from an original 18th century Worcester design with shaped cartouches, decorated with birds and flowers in shaped cartouches with rococo gilt borders upon a scale maz

A Worcester blue and white butter tub, cover and stand decorated in the 'Three Flowers' pattern, with flower finial, crescent mark, circa 1780, 16 cm diameter

A Worcester blue and white coffee pot and cover decorated in the 'Fisherman' pattern, with flower finial, crescent mark, circa 1780, 20 cm high

A Worcester 'Kakiemon 'pattern fluted tea pot, cover and stand with flower finial, gilder’s mark of an arrow and amulet, circa 1775, 12 cm high. Provenance: JW Goldsmith Collection, AJ Alcock Collection, Exhibited: Tea Centre, Regent Street,

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