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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Royal Worcester porcelain lidded pot pourri, signed Leaman, painted with panels of fruit, approx 12 cm high

Royal Worcester circular plaque painted with castle ruin, signed H. Stinton, 13.5 cm diameter

Royal Worcester framed plaque plain circular painted with highland cattle signed H Stinton 13.5 cm dia

A Royal Worcester hand painted plaque of Lichfield Cathedral, signed Rushton. 28 cm diameter.

Royal Worcester framed circular plaque painted with countryside scene signed H Davis 14.5 cm diameter

A fine Royal Worcester signed porcelain plaque 1976, with signature of E (Ted) Townsend. Finely enamel decorated with apples, nuts and cane fruits in colours against a naturalistic background, signed lower right and housed in gilt moulded frame; with backs

A fine Royal Worcester plaque by Harry Stinton 1920s. The oval enamel decorated plaque of highland cattle in a landscape setting mounted in a sterling silver frame by Sanders & Mackenzie, 1926 Birmingham, and with later outer mount and frame. Height 10

A pair framed Royal Worcester porcelain plaques, by Richard Sebright, circa 1913 date mark, depicting still life fruit scenes, signed lower middle left and right, with puce factory mark verso, frame size: 18.8 x 185 cm

A Royal Worcester hand painted plaque fruit signed H. Price. 27 cm diameter.

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

Royal Worcester plaque by Harry Ayrton painted with robins feeding their young, signed lower right & set in a gilt frame. Condition poor, two large cracks, of frame 40 x 32 cm

A Royal Worcester wall plaque painted by Walter Sedgley, with peacocks amongst Italianate ruins. Signed, puce mark, c.1920. Diameter 29.5 cm

A Royal Worcester porcelain and sterling silver dish, 1912 Birmingham, with maker's marks for Sanders & Mackenzie, and signature of Harry Stinton to plaque, a small circular plaque of highland cattle in a landscape set within a silver frame with a reticula

A Royal Worcester porcelain top silver and crystal bowl, 1902 Birmingham, with rubbed maker's marks, and signature of Ernest Barker, specialist sheep painter at Royal Worcester who decorated plaques for mounting in silver, a dressing table cut crystal bowl

Royal Worcester blush ivory ewer having four panels painted with berries, incised detail & a gilded dragon handle, stamped to the base. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Height 36.5 cm

A modern Royal Worcester fruit painted potpourri jar and cover, the four panelled body painted with peaches and blackberries on a leaf and mossy ground, signed by the artist J. Skerrett, the panel framing and pierced lid elaborately gilded, printed and pai

Antique Royal Worcester reticulated six panel pot pourri decorated with bird

Royal Worcester gilded green ground oval bowl with centre hand painted floral panel signed L. Narie, measures 27 cm marks to base

A fine Royal Worcester dish, late 20th century, the square form dish exquisitely embellished with textured floral and arabesque patterned gilt, and a central shaped panel with a finely hand painted image of pears with bramble berries within a landscape set

Large Royal Worcester blush ivory lidded urn, with gryphon handles and floral panels c.1910. Approx 41 cm

Two Royal Worcester demitasse cabinet cups and saucers, one with cerise and gilt decoration along with hand painted floral panels by E. Phillips, date coded for 1932; the other with maroon border with raised gilding of anthemion motifs and fern tendrils.

Two Royal Worcester plaques Painted William Bee. Puce marks, each painted with pears grapes and peaches in gilt frames. 11 cm high

A Royal Worcester large potpourri jar and cover, the ovoid jar with panelled walls decorated with exotic birds and floral sprigs sectioned between each panel with relief moulding, two stylised dragon scroll handles sit high on the shoulder beside the short

A Royal Worcester porcelain plaque painted with slipper orchids by E.R. Booth, oval shape within a giltwood frame, signed by the artist. 22.5 cm x 17 cm (excluding frame)

Pair of Royal Worcester porcelain panels with hand painted scenes of apples and berries, by N Creed

Royal Worcester wall plaque, cottage signed Creese (crack)

A pair of Royal Worcester vases by Harry Stinton, 1931 the cylindrical bodies painted with Highland Stags in a wooded clearing and verso with a small panel of grass and rocks, mounted on pierced gilded circular bases, 27 cm high. Painted signature H. Stint

A Royal Worcester small dish, oval shape, the rim moulded naturalistically as the head and wings of a female grouse, hand painted to the centre with a panel depicting a black grouse amongst grasses framed by a printed foliate border. Printed factory marks,

A pair of Royal Worcester cabinet plates, each with pierced scalloped rims with a serpentine outline and turquoise and a gilt fan shell framing the well which is decorated with panels depicting insects, birds and flowers in bright enamels and gilt reserved

A Royal Worcester blush ivory lidded pot pourri urn & Cover 1897 the twin handled ovoid body with pierced panels to the neck, moulded and painted with thistles and flowers, the cover similarly decorated, printed puce factory mark, registration number 68915

A Royal Worcester French Empire style urn with two snake twist handles, yellow ground and floral panel by Freeman. Height 15 cm

A Grainger's Worcester reticulated jug, the double-walled jug with finely reticulated panels of lattice tracery with painted and gilded accents, fitted with a bamboo branched handle, 14 cm diameter

A Grainger's Worcester pedestal urn and cover, 1870, the ovoid urn with reticulated panels featuring flowers and lattice within jewelled tracery borders, the cover similarly pierced and decorated and surmounted with a tear-drop shaped finial, the whole mou

A Royal Worcester porcelain titled panel, 'Loch Loven', painted by Harry Stinton, 1927, with highland cattle drinking in a lake with misty mountains in the back ground, signed, puce mark, mounted in a glazed gilt frame, 18 cm diameter

Royal Worcester pot pourri and cover, with moulded gilt decoration with panels of fruit on a mossy ground, the cover pierced with pineapple gilt finial, shape H175, black mark. 12 cm high

An early 20th century Royal Worcester jardiniere by Blake, the four shaped panels painted with roses in red and yellow, signed, raised gilt highlights, printed marks for 1912 and 'F132/H 10.54'. Height 11 cm, diameter 14.5 cm

Four Royal Worcester 'Four Seasons' sculptured plaques with wall brackets, c1880, each approx 30 cm in length

A Royal Worcester plaque painted by William Hawkins, date mark for 1903, painted with 'A Cavalier' after J.L.E. Meissonier within a gilt oval and pale green border, signed, printed factory mark to the reverse, in a giltwood frame. Height 14.5 cm. Width 10.

A Royal Worcester porcelain plaque painted by Bryan Cox, 1960s/'70s, rectangular, painted with a English small bird resting on a grass stalk near branches, flowers, and rocks, signed lower right, printed factory mark to the reverse, framed. Height 16.5 cm.