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 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,

A fine Hadley's Worcester pedestal vase. 1902-1905, with signature of W. Powell (William), a slender ovoid vase in shades of green with decorative scroll arm handles, a moulded collar and lappet border with a slender fluted neck and a conforming base,

Victorian Worcester cup & saucer with floral decoration and ornate gilt rims, circa 1882 Provenance: Dr Peter Elliott collection

Pair of Locke & Co Worcester candlesticks 23 cm high approx

1st Period Worcester "Kings of Prussia" tankard - the engraving signed R.H. Worcester (slight firing faults)

Worcester saucer, together with an 18th C saucer

A Chamberlain Worcester fruit service with moulded border and painted sprigs of flowers, comprising a comport and five plates

A Worcester famille rose teapot, circa 1770, the globular teapot with a simple curved spout and loop handle decorated in a puce, purple, emerald and iron red palette with delicate gilt highlights, with loose floral decoration and shaped cellular borders to

A Worcester blue and gold cup and saucer, mid to later 18th century, the tea bowl and matching saucer with scallop edging and a moulded spiral motif, decorated with floral sprigs, and diagonal leaf and dot borders to the rims; with blue crescent marks unde

A Chamberlain Worcester 'Jabberwocky' plate, circa 1816-1820, pattern 1713, the scallop edged plate with a rococo inspired aqua border with cellular patterns enclosing a fantastic bird in a highly ornamental stylised garden in iron red, mid green and yello

A Chamberlain Worcester scalloped-edge serving bowl hand-painted centre panel with raised decoration to the three corners featuring rose, shamrock and thistle decoration. Early nineteenth century. 25 x 20 cm

Chamberlain's Worcester 'Queens Best' jug spiral fluted with alternate panels of sun flowers & iron-red mon on a cobalt-blue ground gilt with trellis, the rims with blue bands reserved with trailing leaves & enriched in gilt, marked 'Chamberlain's Worceste

A pair of Chamberlain Worcester meat plates, circa 1845, (2) each having a gilt highlighted rococo scroll rim, a white ground, painted with floral sprigs to the cavatto, bearing a crest to the centre with the motto ' Candidus Audaxque, (2), 41 cm wide

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