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 Flight Barr and Barr Worcester porcelain solitaire tea service, English, circa 1800, 12 cm high (teapot) and 32 cm long, 24 cm wide (tray)

Worcester flight & Barr 'Royal Lily' pattern pair of plates with a blue underglaze painted in the oriental style & overpainted with gold & orange. Stamped to the bases. Condition good, some wear consistant with age. Diameter 21 cm

A Barr, flight & Barr Worcester Imari teapot, circa 1810, the compressed oval teapot with an elegant looping vegetal handle and a domed and recessed lid with a flame style finial, profusely decorated with a fenced oriental garden scene in a vibrant cob

Antique Flight & Barr Worcester cup and saucer Provenance: Dr Peter Elliott collection

A Barr, flight & Barr Worcester dessert dish. 1807-13, the lobed oval dish in aqua tones centred with a gold bordered white medallion, and having a repeat foliate border in white upon a gold band to the rim; with a maroon backstamp underside and impres

Flight Barr & Barr imari coffee can & saucer, restoration to saucer, impressed mark FBB.

Rare Flight Barr & Barr Worcester teapot, with antique pewter replacement lid, together with matching teapot stand.

A Worcester Barr, flight & Barr armorial plate, circa 1807 - 1813, the plate bearing the arms of Warren impaling Mangles within a gold border upon a fine grey and white marbled ground, with a continuous leaf form border in white and gold to the rim; with i

A pair of Worcester Flight Barr & Barr tea cups and saucers, circa 1820s, the Imari pattern footed cups with looped handles and saucers all with undulating gadroon moulded rims, decorated with a fenced oriental garden scene in a vibrant cobalt, green and i

A fine and rare Barr and flight & Barr Worcester cup and saucer, 1792-1807 both pieces, the striking gold spiral decorated straight sided cup with floral swags of summer blooms in vibrant colours, and a conforming saucer, the cup with an incised B mark and

An exceptional Flight Barr & Barr urn 'The Monk', 1813-1820, the urn with gilded handles, fine and rare enamel jewelling and beading to the waisted neck and body, with a portrait roundel of the monk illustrating a verse from Sterne, and to the reverse a bo

A Flight Barr & Barr armorial plate, circa 1825, the scalloped plate bearing the crest of James, sixth Earl of Lauderdale centrally with the motto 'Consilio et animis' to a broad apple green border with gilded gadroon edging; incised marks and puce backsta

Pair of Flight Barr and Barr plates with gadrooned edge and leaf decoration, printed and impressed marks (tiny nips)

Worcester Flight Barr and Barr two cup and saucer set in the Imari taste

Worcester Flight Barr and Barr cup and saucer in the Imari pattern

A Worcester Flight Barr and Barr porcelain part dessert service, circa 1830, each with gilded scalloped border on a red ground, the centres finely painted with floral subjects, comprising a total of fifteen pieces, twelve plates, two dishes and one double

An important Barr Flight and Barr Worcester porcelain, marbled and shell decorated, set of four dishes, made for the Gordon Family, by John Barker, 1812. The set comprising two plate and two shaped dishes, each central roundel painted with various shells,

Antique Barr Flight Barr 1807-1815 blue and white cup and saucer

A pair of Flight, Barr and Barr dessert dishes

A Worcester Flight, Barr & Barr platter early 19th century ovoid with hand painted rose blooms, impressed stamp to base 41 cm wide

A Worcester Flight Barr & Barr name View trio, circa 1815, the cups and conforming saucer all with shaped gadrooned rims and decorated with an over all sea weed pattern, the cups featuring views of Warwick Castle and Portchester Castle, Hampshire; impresse

A New Hall hard paste porcelain teapot and stand, c.1800, of serpentine lozenge section, hand painted with sprigs and bouquets of summer flowers, each piece numbered No. 241; along with a Barr, Flight & Barr, Worcester coffee can decorated with seashells a

Two Flight, Barr & Barr Worcester cups and saucers, circa 1830, one painted with an exotic bird in a landscape, each detailed with delicate gilt foliage reserves on a white ground, printed factory marks (4)

Worcester tea pot & stand. Flight period circa 1790s.

Worcester creamer jug. Flight period circa 1790s.

Two Worcester Flight Barr & Barr plates, circa 1820, two similar plates with gilded gadrooned edges, one deep pink with a scrolled central roundel enclosing carnation, sweet William and passionfruit, the other powder blue with scattered butterflies and an

A Flight-period Worcester waste bowl circa 1790, the exterior spiral-fluted and gilt-decorated with flying insects and floral sprays on the white-glazed ground, the interior with a cobalt and gilt foliate border below the rim, a starburst and laureate deco

A flight & Barr Worcester plate, together with 18/19th century English graduated set of pearlwear bowles and one other (4)

A flight and Barr-period Worcester large breakfast cup, circa 1795, under-glaze and over-glaze coloured and gilt decoration, the exterior with panels of kakiemon-style floral decoration divided by cobalt-ground borders with red and gilt decoration. Height

A Flight Barr & Barr fruit service, with a green border and gadrooned edge comprising two oval plated, two rectangular plates, two leaf shaped bowl and two saucer plates each with impressed mark and one with under glaze retailer mark Flight Barr & Barr Cov

Worcester Flight Barr & Barr covered saucer tureen and another on square base decorated with flowers, the other on round base decorated with flowers height 17 cm

Flight Worcester pair of plates and similar Derby plates all with blue and gilt decoration diameter of largest 24 cm

Flight Worcester early 19th century blue and gilt teapot and another both with blue and gilt decoration height 18 cm

Flight Worcester late 18th century barrel shaped teapot and another with faults flight Worcester teapot with blue and gilt flowers and unmarked teapot with similar design and restorations to lid height 14 cm

Worcester Flight Barr & Barr early, 18th century teaset consisting of a teapot, lidded sugar bowl, milk jug, six cups (one with crack), five saucers, two circular dishes and one small oval dish, decorated with green sprays. Height of teapot 18 cm

Flight Barr & Barr saucer tureen on square tureen on stand early 19th century. Height 17 cm

An exquisite early 19th century Barr Flight Barr Worcester porcelain cache pot, the gilt painted rim with applied beaded border with eagle and ring form handles, the body hand painted with roses on a peach ground, hand painted script mark and impressed

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