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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 'Princess Anne' dinner setting for twelve comprising twelve dinner plates, twelve salad plates, twelve trios (one cup missing), three tureens, one slops plate, one large platter, one smaller platter, one creamer & one sugar bowl

A Royal Worcester coffee can and saucer, 1906, 'Birthplace of Shakespeare' pattern, both can and saucer painted with cottage scene on a blush ivory ground; puce backstamp and title underside, height 5 cm, (cup) diameter 11.5 cm, (saucer)

A set of six Royal Worcester tea cups and saucers, 1906, pattern 3649, the gently lobed cups with Spanish Ware decoration of loose flowers with finely gauzy gilt details upon a blush ivory ground, the saucers conforming; with puce backstamps underside and

Royal Worcester miniature tea wares comprising two teacups & saucers, a plate & dish, dated 1956, signed indistinctly. Dimensions of largest 10 cm

A fine pair of Aesthetic movement Royal Worcester vases, 1882, decorator's initials Fr (Frank Roberts?), incised pattern number possibly 652, ovoid vases with a trio of curled and trailing snake handles, finely decorated with glazed waterlilies and bol

Royal Worcester tea cup & saucer continuously painted with plums, strawberries & gooseberries, signed H Aryton

Royal Worcester tea cup & saucer painted with highland cattle, signed H. Stinton

Royal Worcester 'Fruit' design tea cup and saucer, signed E. Townsend

Royal Worcester twenty seven piece coffee set, pattern: The Blind Earl, comprising of 12 coffee cups and saucers, coffee pot, creamer, and lidded sugar pot

Barr Flight & Barr Worcester cup and saucer, unnamed scene, incised B (cup), impressed crown over BFB and printed Royal Patronage stamp

Royal Worcester cup with highland cattle, signed Stinton, 5 cm high approx.

An eghty one piece Royal Worcester dinner service, 1994-2009, production era, 'Prince Regent' pattern, an unused and elegant place setting for twelve with cobalt and burgundy borders with gold flowers including: dinner, entree, bread and butter plates, rim

Royal Worcester miniature loving cup and jug, pattern: blush ivory with floral decoration, height 5.5 cm approx (tallest)

Harlequin pair of Royal Worcester and silver plate demitasse cups and saucers

Royal Worcester blush ivory miniature loving cup, handpainted floral decoration, 4 cm high approx.

Royal Worcester dinner service, 'Francesca' pattern, comprising 8 each of dinner, entree & dessert plates, 8 demitasse cups & saucers, serving platter, gravy jug & under dish

Royal Worcester signed miniature cup and saucer, hand painted with fruit decoration, 8.5 cm wide

A boxed Royal Worcester porcelain set of six demi-tasse gilt cups and saucer painted by Harry Stinton, 1920, with Highland cattle in a misty landscape, puce factory mark and silver gilt spoons by Henry James Hulbert, London 1919, fixed box with retail̵

Royal Worcester 'Roanoke' dinner setting for six persons comprising six dinner plates, six entree plates, six cup saucer plate sets, six two handled soup bowls & saucers, six demitasse cups & saucers, six kidney shaped dishes, a sugar bowl,

An Eighty eight piece Royal Worcester fine bone china 'Woodlands' dinner service, 1958-1971, production period, a complete setting for eight, comprising: dinner, entree, side plates, soup bowls, soup coupes, tea cups and coffee cans all with associ

A Royal Worcester four piece Aesthetic movement porcelain tea set, date code: 1889, all with black ground overlaid with flowers, foliage, and butterflies, handles formed as lizards, comprising a teapot, covered sugar, creamer, and a cup and saucer.

Royal Worcester 'Highland Sheep' demitasse coffee set by Ernest Barker for six persons comprising six coffee cups & saucers, signed & dated 1898. Together with six English hallmarked sterling silver coffee spoons. London, 1923, maker Henry James Hulbert, w

A Royal Worcester cabinet coffee can and saucer painted by Freeman with peaches, apples and grapes. c.1954.

An Art Deco Royal Worcester coffee can and saucer 1922, pattern 1549. The straight-sided can with a simple loop handle, boldly decorated with a continuous border of handpainted blue, purple and orange flowers below a brilliant canary yellow frieze, the sau

A boxed Royal Worcester 'Butterflies' coffee set, 1982, the setting for six, comprising six coffee cans and associated saucers, the cans individually decorated with butterflies and floral sprigs, with simple gold rims; backstamps underside and pape

A Grainger & Co Worcester blush ivory vase, 1892, the ovoid vase with decoratively scrolled handles to the waisted neck and a short cup shaped rim, with painted swallows flying below pendant conifer foliage hung with small cones and highlighted with gi

Royal Worcester hand painted cup & saucer, with rose and gilt decoration, signed E. Spilsbury, height 4.2 cm approx

A Royal Worcester trio with fine hand painted rose decoration. Unsigned and dated 1926. (Hairline to cup - Af) (3)

Royal Worcester set of six trios on a duck egg blue ground, with gilt highlights, dated 1943. Condition good to fair, crazing, some minor stains

Royal Worcester teacup & saucer painted with fruit by Harry Ayrton painted with peaches & grapes with gilded edging, stamped to the base. Condition good, minor age related wear, slight staining. Height of cup 6 cm

A Victorian Royal Worcester gilded vase. 1900, the vase of globular form in ivory tones with tea stain colours, a moulded cup form rim, and a decorative lappet and patterned collar, small chilong style handles, decorated to the body with gold paste tendril

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 'Ambassador' dinner set for 6 one teacup and one entree plate missing