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 Royal Worcester reticulated vase in the style of George Owen English Circa 1880

A Grainger Worcester George Owen style vase and cover with turquoise jewelling. 10 cm high

A Royal Worcester George Owen reticulated decorative vase, inscribed to base 'G. Owen'. Gold backstamp date code for 1899., 16 cm high

A Royal Worcester "George Owen' reticulated and jewelled cup and saucer. A Royal Worcester 'George Owen' reticulated and jewelled cup and saucer, in the Japanese style reticulated panels interspersed with panels of tooled gilt cranes and butterfly, bamboo

A pair of Grainger & Co Worcester reticulated covered vases, 1870-1889 period, with decoration in the manner of George Owen. The pair of egg form vases each pierced with scrolls and masks to a navette pierced frieze and a low domed cover, raised on three s

A Royal Worcester reticulated vase by George Owen, 1922, incised G. Owen to the base, 15.5 cm high

A Royal Worcester tri-coloured jewelled reticulated creamer, attributed to George Owen, of double wall construction, pierced and finely decorated with applied jewel embellishments and gilding, factory marks to base. 9 cm high

A George Owen Royal Worcester pot and cover, signed George Owen to the base. 11 cm high, 13 cm wide across the handles, 8 cm deep. Some restoration to the bowl.

A Royal Worcester jewelled George Owen reticulated porcelain vase, dated 1912, of amphora twin handled form, pierced with a large band of 'Honeycomb' and 'Trellis' designs within tooled gilt scroll motifs to base and handles, the tall neck with pierced rim

A Royal Worcester jewelled George Owen reticulated porcelain vase and cover, dated 1914, of quatrelobed form, pierced with a large 'Honeycomb' band below a 'Trellis' band within four arched mouldings surmounted by tooled gilt scroll design, conforming cove

A fine Royal Worcester jewelled 'George Owen' reticulated porcelain teapot and cover, dated 1876, with beaded, cover, spout and handle, the gilt jewelled reticulated body cut in bands of geometric designs tinted in pink, yellow and turquoise, raised and pu

A Royal Worcester ewer, by George Owen, dated 1901, with reticulated bands, painted floral decorations. Puce mark. 15.5 cm high

A Royal Worcester reticulated plate by George Owen, dated 1904, of circular form with dual honeycomb bands and a beaded gilt border, the centre gilt with an acanthus leaf decoration, 19.6 cm, gold factory mark, unsigned

A Royal Worcester reticulated vase and cover by George Owen, dated 1912, of quatrelobed form with a conforming cover, both finely pierced with a band of honey comb, pierced cone finial, 15 cm, gold factory mark, shape number 639, incised G Owen

A matched pair of Royal Worcester reticulated vases by George Owen, 1890 and 1921, each ovoid form body of double-walled construction with a beaded neck, pierced with a wide band of honeycomb enclosing quatrefoil cartouches painted and gilt with a landscap

A Royal Worcester reticulated vase and cover by George Owen, dated 1910, raised on a circular pierced foot, the urn form body with a band of honeycomb piercing flanked by delicate scroll handles, the cover with conforming decoration, and a bud finial, 19 c

A Royal Worcester reticulated vase by George Owen, dated 1910, of tapering pear form with a slender neck, flanked by 'wishbone' handles terminating with loops of applied pearls, the shoulder and base of the neck moulded and pierced with acanthus leaves hig

A Royal Worcester reticulated plate by George Owen, dated 1908, of circular form with dual honeycomb bands and a beaded gilt border, the centre with an acanthus leaf gilt decoration, 20 cm diameter, gold factory mark, unsigned, This lot is accompanied by a

A Royal Worcester reticulated vase by George Owen, dated 1923, raised on a pierced circular foot, the body with dual bands of beaded honeycomb reticulation flanked by leaf capped pierced handles, slender fluted neck, gilt highlights and fine all-over gilt

A Royal Worcester reticulated vase by George Owen, dated 1909, raised on a circular foot the baluster body finely pierced with a band of honeycomb and foliate reticulation, flanked by shaped handles rising to a slender fluted neck, 16 cm, gold factory mark

A Royal Worcester reticulated vase by George Owen, dated 1922, raised on a pierced circular foot, the body with dual bands of honeycomb reticulation flanked by leaf capped handles, slender fluted neck, gilt highlights and fine all-over gilt decoration, 16

A Royal Worcester reticulated vase and cover by George Owen, dated 1907, the tapered cylindrical body with bands of reticulated honeycomb, trellis work and acanthus decoration, the handles formed as delicately modelled tree branches, with a domed pierced c

A Royal Worcester reticulated vase and cover by George Owen, dated 1912, of quatrelobed form, pierced with a large band of honeycomb below a unique band of scrollwork piercing divided into the four arcaded panels beneath tooled gold ornament, conforming co

A Royal Worcester porcelain reticulated vase by George Owen, 1906, raised on a pierced foot, the body with bands of reticulation, slender pierced neck, gilt highlighting gilt mark and model no 789/9, 13 cm high

An exceptional fine miniature Royal Worcester reticulated urn, by George Owen, beautifully crafted in the classical manner. Finely gilded with lion mask handles and finely reticulated to body and lid. Note some early restoration to urn and lid, but an extr

A Royal Worcester reticulated vase by George Owen, of baluster form with scroll handles and delicate neck and foot, the body ornately pierced and highlighted in gilt, signed 'G. Owen', gilt printed factory mark and shape number 1969 17 cm high

A rare and impressive Royal Worcester reticulated porcelain vase by George Owen signed G. Owen, circa 1919, ovoid, the body and neck finely pierced with repeating geometric patterns, flanked by scroll handles, raising to a pierced flared rim of conforming

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