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 'Magpie' porcelain pill box, circa 1908, by R. Austin, stamped Royal Worcester England, Flavelle Brotheres Ltd, 1.5cm high, 5cm diameter

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 'The Mayflower' bowl commemorating 'The three hundred and Fifieth Anniversary of the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers to America'. Numbered 336/500. Set in a silk lined box, with a framed certificate. condition good, some wear

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.

A Royal Worcester circular box painted with fruit and berries by William Bee, 1926, 10 cm diameter and 5 wildflower saucers, one signed by Miss Hilda Everett, and 8 small dishes

A Royal Worcester wicker candy box and cover. 1888, pattern 1275, the low compressed dish with an everted rim with eastern arched motifs, the fitted domed lid with a lotus Crown and pointed stupa style finial, with a moulded radiating lattice pattern to th

Collection of Royal Worcester 'Evesham' two covered oval serving dishes measuring 26 cm wide, along with two pairs of egg coddlers. Includes one egg cup box and old Royal Worcester pamphlet.

A small Royal Worcester bun shaped pierced worked and gilded dome topped jewel box, with cross banding of blue jewellets to lid, circa 1895-1910, 7 cm high

A Royal Worcester lithographic transfer coffee cans and saucers in presentation box, the cans and saucers each with gilt border and a flower titled and marked on the base of the saucer

Sterling silver and Royal Worcester cigarette box, the lid inset with a Royal Worcester plaque hand painted with highland cattle, signed by H Stinton, hallmarked Birmingham 1928

Sterling silver and Royal Worcester trinket box/powder bowl, the front hand painted plaque painted with ducks by James Stinton, hallmarked Birmingham 1928