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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Potpourri. Royal Worcester, figure of bird, with fretwork decorated urn on wings, urn decorated with angels, purple mark 1908, height 19 cm

Royal Worcester 'Two Babies' figurine, modelled by F.G. Doughty, 9 cm high

A pair of Royal Worcester porcelain figurines, 'Sorrow & Joy', designed by James Hadley, each modelled as a scantily clad woman, gilt and painted enamel highlights. One broken at the base. Date code marks for 1896. Height 25 cm

Two Royal Worcester musician figurines, height 16 cm approx (as inspected)

A fine pair of Royal Worcester kneeling water carrier figures modelled by James Hadley, 1880. 25 cm high.

A Royal Worcester porcelain figure of a Grecian water carrier. 80 cm high.

Royal Worcester 'November' figure, No 3418, Freda Dougherty model, 19 cm high approx.

Royal Worcester 'Grandmother's dress' figurine, modelled by Doughty #3081. Height 16 cm

A Royal Worcester figure titled 'Chungian Indian snake charmer', signed Hadley, circa 1903, 34 cm high.

A Royal Worcester figure by a Pinder Davis, Chinoisoire series

Royal Worcester 'Grandmother Dress' figurine, modelled by FG Doughty, 16.5 cm high approx.

Royal Worcester figure by Sybil V. Williams and Jessemine S Bray number 2906, 11 cm high

A Royal Worcester Hereford bull. Later 20th century. Realistically modelled as a champion bull and wearing a rosette, supported in a timber display stand; backstamp underside with modeller's facsimile signature. Height 19 cm. Width 26 cm

A Royal Worcester blanc de chine figure of a female, mid 19th century, modelled wearing traditional robes holding small cymbals in each hand, brown factory mark to base faint, 30 cm high

A Royal Worcester porcelain figural lamp base, circa 1908, modelled as a female lute player, model no. 143, 44 cm high

A Royal Worcester bisque figure modelled by A. Azori, L'orseou, 30 cm

A Royal Worcester bisque figure modelled by A. Azori, Fleur, 30 cm

A Royal Worcester figured nautilus shell comport, English, 19th century, together with a Royal Worcester figure of the water carrier, English, 19th century, the figure 24 cm high

Two Royal Worcester horse figurines, to include Pyroeis and Chronos, height 13.5 cm approx (tallest)

A Worcester Grainger & Co reticulated box and cover, circa 1889, the cover modelled with central star emanating profuse scrolling trellis designs within floral motif border and reticulated sides, shield mark to base, 13 cm diameter, 3.3 cm high.

Two Royal Worcester draped classical figurines 26 & 24.5 cm highs

Two Royal Worcester figurines, 'But the child that is born on the Sabbath day' Nos 3518 & 3256, 17 cm high tallest approx.

Royal Worcester ballet figurine, 'Tuesday's child is full of grace' No 3258, 21 cm high approx.

Royal Worcester ice skating figurine, 'Tuesday's child is full of grace' No 3534, 20.5 cm high approx.

Royal Worcester figure of a water carrier painted in burnished gilt tones, on a circular base, impresseed & green printed factory marks, stamped '1810' & dated 1909. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Height 17 cm

Two Royal Worcester lady figures modelled by F.G. Doughty, First Dance & Grandmothers Dress, 18.5 cm high (tallest) approx.

Royal Worcester F.G. Doughty figurine of a girl, 14 cm high approx.

Art deco Royal Worcester nude figurine #2689, circa 1932, 14 cm high approx

Royal Worcester Emily Anniversary figure, 2005, approx 25 cm high

Royal Worcester Sweet Anne figure by F.G Doughty, approx 18 cm high

A Royal Worcester 'Two Babies' figurine, 1952, pattern 3150, modelled by F.G. Doughty. a delightful porcelain study of a golden haired child playing with a jack russell pup upon a grassy bank; with backstamps, date cypher and pattern number underside. Heig

Royal Worcester figure all Mine, by F.G Doughty, approx 18 cm high