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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Two Royal Worcester cabinet plates, one decorated with Raglan Castle, signed by H. Ayrton, the other 'Lake Derwent Water' signed by R. Rushton. Diameter 27 cm

Royal Worcester plate 'Bird of Paradise' by Harry Austin signed 'R Austin', marked to the base 'Paradisus Rudolphi C2805', dated 1900. Condition, good to fair, hairline crack, diameter, 22 cm

Royal Worcester plate 'Bird of Paradise' by Harry Austin signed 'R Austin', marked to the base 'Astrarchia Stephaule C2805', dated 1900. Condition, good to fair, hairline crack, diameter, 22 cm

Royal Worcester plate 'Bird of Paradise' by Harry Austin signed 'R Austin', dated 1900. Condition, good to fair, hairline crack, diameter, 22 cm

Royal Worcester plate 'Bird of Paradise' by Harry Austin signed 'R Austin', marked to the base 'Bird of paradiseXII C2805', dated 1900. Condition, good to fair, some crazing, diameter, 22 cm

Small handpainted Royal Worcester ewer signed R. Sebright, dated 1908, H17.5 cm approx

A framed Royal Worcester panel, 'York Minster', signed E.R. Booth. 22.5 x 14.5 cm

A framed Royal Worcester porcelain panel, 'Old Hampton Court', signed E.R. Booth. 13 x 21.5 cm

A framed Royal Worcester porcelain panel, 'Lake scene', signed E.R. Booth. 13 x 21.5 cm

A pair of Royal Worcester display plates with central hand painted bouquet surrounded by gilt floral decoration. Signed R. Phillips and dated 1917 and 1926 (2)

Royal Worcester hand painted "fruit" plate together with timber stand, cobalt blue and pink in colour with gilt highlights, signed R. Sebright, diameter 22 cm approx

A signed Royal Worcester bottle vase, 1918, with signature of W.H Austin, the vase with a slender ringed neck and gently flared rim raised on a waisted base, delicately painted to the body with soft toned pink roses with foliage against a suffused ground i

Royal Worcester plate shaped circular painted with fruit, peaches & gooseberries within ornate border, signed R Sebright, 22.5 cm dia

A set of three handpainted Royal Worcester cups and saucers, signed G. Mosely, H. Bee and N.H. Price, c.1929 saucers are signed R. Austin and E. Townsend

Royal Worcester handpainted twin handled vase with rose and gilt decoration,signed W. H. Austin. Height 23 cm approx

Royal Worcester hand painted jardiniere signed R Austin, bold pink & red roses with gilt enrichments, 21 cm diameter

Six Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan square dishes. Christmas Bells (1922) & white Bells (1910), both signed by Reginald (Harry) Austin; gum blossoms (1926), Bottlebrush (1926), Epacre (1926), & red gum (1910) unsigned. 14 x 14 cm (each)

Royal Worcester kookaburra & Wattle square dish. Signed Reginald (Harry) Austin (1922). 14 x 14 cm

Royal Worcester blue Wren square dish. Signed Reginald (Harry) Austin (1922). 14 x 14 cm

Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan large plate. Long-tailed wattle, signed Reginald (Harry) Austin (1915). 22 x 22 cm

Royal Worcester Australian butterflies large plate. Butterflies (Ogyris Hewitsoni) signed (Frank R) Rushton (1916). 22 x 22 cm

A Royal Worcester cabinet plate, signed R. Rushton. 28 cm diameter.

A Royal Worcester bird cup and saucer, 1929, with signature of R. Austin, Delightfully painted with a blue headed bird with green feathers perched on a branch amongst yellow flowers upon a lemon cream ground, with a burnished gilt interior and trims; with

A Royal Worcester 'Bird of Paradise' cup and saucer, 1928, with signature of R. Austin, beautifully painted with a splendid bird of paradise with vibrant sweeping tail feathers in a muted landscape setting upon a lemon ground, with a burnished gilt interio

A Royal Worcester, painted roses, two handled vase by R. Rushton painted rose bushes front and verso. Signed upper right printed C51 mark, with date code 1912. Height 21 cm

A Royal Worcester boxed 'Fruit' painted coffee set, signed Austin, Price, Harper and Flextman, each cup with gilded exterior and fruit painted well, the saucers with concentric gilding and painting, various artists' signatures, puce mark, six in the set an

A very rare set of Flavelle Brothers 'Australian Birds' Royal Worcester porcelain coffee cups and saucers, by Reginald Austin, dated 1914, each cup and concentric saucer painted with, Willy Wagtail, water bird, Magpie, blue Willy Wagtail and kookaburra, th

Royal Worcester handpainted jardiniere signed R. Austin, circa 1914, with pierced gilt rim, decorated with rose, height 19 cm approx

Royal Worcester Richard Sebright painted cabinet plate, the central circular reserve painted with pears, raspberries, and leaves, signed R. Sebright, within a wide cobalt blue with profuse gilt with panels of swags and scrolls. Puce mark. 1924. 24 cm diame

A 'Delphic' Edwardian earthenware hand painted jardiniere, the two gilt framed cartouches incorporating four samoyed dogs, painted and signed by Austin, a notable Royal Worcester artist, on a pale grey ground.

Two Royal Worcester Australian Wildflower series porcelain plates Christmas bell, signed R. Austin (slight scratches to paint), Heather- Calluna, signed R. Austin, each on a Quaker grey border with gilt highlights with retail marks for Flavelle Brothers, p

Two Royal Worcester Australian Wildflower series porcelain plates waratah, signed A. Shuck, Myrtle Wattle, signed R. Austin, each on a Quaker grey border with gilt highlights with retail marks for Flavelle Brothers, puce factory marks, 23 cm diameter

Two Royal Worcester R van Raychvelh fish sculpture, Sargeant Major and yellow Grunt. 12 and 14 cm respectively.

Royal Worcester, twin handled urn, decorated with sprays of thistles and flowers on ivory ground, signed 'L.R', printed factory marks to base, shape no. '1481', height 31.5 cm

Royal Worcester hand painted ewer with fruit decoration, signed 'R.Sebright', 17 cm high approx.

A Royal Worcester bottle vase with painted fruit scene and gilt edging. signed by R. Price, circa 1960. Height 15 cm

Two Royal Worcester display plates signed R.Rushton 'Anne Hathaway's cottage' and 'Bluebells Kew garden' 27 cm

Royal Worcester Australian handpainted plate, Christmas bell pattern, designed by Reginald Austin, retailed by Flavelle Bros, Sydney. Ref: Powerhouse Museum collection, Sydney, 24.9 cm diameter, circa 1911

A Royal Worcester covered vase, after 1901, marks rubbed, pattern 1958, signed F.R for Frank Roberts, of globular form with leaf bracket handles, and a petite lid with finial, having a knopped stem and raised on a socle and a stepped and shaped square base

Royal Worcester hand painted five piece brush set by Reginald Austin surmounted by English hallmarked sterling silver and decorated with kookaburras, some damage Birmingham, 1923, maker G W Lewis & Co

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