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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Late 18th century Caughley lidded sugar bowl, cobalt blue and gilt decoration, S mark to base, height 20 cm approx

A rare Caughley 'Fisherman and Cormorant' scallop shell dish, printed in blue. Length 16.5 cm

Caughley late 18th C leaf form pickle dish 'Fisherman' pattern

A Caughley porcelain blue and white mask jug. Of typical form, painted in the 'Pine Cone' design on a fluted body, with scroll handle, 16 cm high.

Two 18th century blue and white lidded bowls, one Worcester, the other Caughley, both decorated in the Fence pattern, the domed lids with sculpted floral finials, some damage. Heights 11 cm and 12 cm

An 18th century English porcelain coffee can, Worcester or Caughley, decorated with a chinoiserie floral pattern. Fault at rim

Dr Wall Worcester and Caughley blue transfer printed wares consisting of Dr Wall jug, two bowls of varying size and a Caughley cup height of tallest 12 cm

Caughley teapot, trio and a similar dish. Height of teapot 15 cm

A collection of blue and white English porcelain, 18th century, comprising a Worcester floral pattern cream jug, and Caughley tea caddy without cover, and a Leeds pottery jug with embossed body decorated with fruit and flowers, and a Caughley cylindrical m

A collection of three Worcester and one Caughley spoon trays, 18th century, each decorated with oriental and floral motifs, largest 16.5 cm, smallest 13.5 cm

A collection of blue and white Worcester and Caughley porcelain, 18th century, comprising an oval scalloped edge two-handled open work porcelain chestnut basket, in pine cone pattern with applied exterior flowers, blue crescent mark to the base; a Caughley

Blue and white Caughley scalloped dish, Worcester Clover shaped bowl, the 18th Diameter 19.5 cm. Diameter 23 cm and 23 cm diameter respectively

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