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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A Chamberlain Worcester armorial jug with the crest of Hoskins, English, circa 1795, 13 cm high. Provenance: Peter Foster Antiques, Sydney

A pair of Chamberlain Worcester titled topographical breakfast cups and saucers, finely painted with 'Buckingham Palace' on a maroon ground and 'Windsor Castle' on an apple green ground, circa 1800, puce factory marks and titles

A Chamberlain Worcester fruit service with moulded border and painted sprigs of flowers, comprising a comport and five plates

A Chamberlain Worcester 'Jabberwocky' plate, circa 1816-1820, pattern 1713, the scallop edged plate with a rococo inspired aqua border with cellular patterns enclosing a fantastic bird in a highly ornamental stylised garden in iron red, mid green and yello

A Chamberlain Worcester scalloped-edge serving bowl hand-painted centre panel with raised decoration to the three corners featuring rose, shamrock and thistle decoration. Early nineteenth century. 25 x 20 cm

Chamberlain's Worcester 'Queens Best' jug spiral fluted with alternate panels of sun flowers & iron-red mon on a cobalt-blue ground gilt with trellis, the rims with blue bands reserved with trailing leaves & enriched in gilt, marked 'Chamberlain's Worceste

A pair of Chamberlain Worcester meat plates, circa 1845, (2) each having a gilt highlighted rococo scroll rim, a white ground, painted with floral sprigs to the cavatto, bearing a crest to the centre with the motto ' Candidus Audaxque, (2), 41 cm wide

A First period Worcester serving plate, circa 1770, (4) of lozenge shape, decorated in colours with an exotic bird on a white ground in the manner of James Giles, together with a Chamberlain's Worcester porcelain basket, 19th century, after the Dr. Wall or

A Chamberlains Worcester hand painted plate, English, circa 1810, 24 cm diameter

A collection of five pieces of Chamberlain Worcester porcelain, made for Mr. Dudley Fereday, Sheriff of Van Diemens Land, circa 1825, the platter 34 cm across the handles

A Chamberlain's Worcester urn, early 19th century twin snake handled, on platform base, maroon ground with gilt highlights, hand painted boating scene, unsigned, 20.5 cm high, (one handle repaired)

Worcester Chamberlains 'Dragon in compartments' plates set comprising six dishes & a square form plate, pattern number 75, also known as Bengal tiger pattern & in the Chinese export lotus flower porcelain style. Losses to the gilding, hairline crack to one

Three various early Chamberlains porcelain items, including pair plates; and platter. All floral decorated with gilt highlights. All inscribed 'Chamberlains Worcester' c.1820s. Diameter 33 cm. (2) & 31 cm

A fine Chamberlains moulded armorial plate with a gadrooned edge and with three floral bouquets in between elaborate gilt decoration and an armorial to the centre. Unmarked, circa 1825. Width 23 cm

Set of six Chamberlains Worcester blue and gilt border plates, each approx 22 cm diameter (6)

An 18th century Chamberlains Worcester teabowl and saucer with hand painted blue flower and gilded decoration.

A Chamberlain's Worcester jug, circa 1825, of faceted form with a bold loop handle, the body finely decorated with a seaweed-like fruiting vine, the base bearing unique stamp for Mr. Dudley Fereday, Sheriff of Van Diemens Land, 18 cm high

A Chamberlain & Co saucer by Worcester, circa 1815, strikingly decorated with a central bouquet of finely painted summer blooms surrounded by a wide gently shaped border in cobalt with gilt ribs, the rim decorated with sprays of flowers upon a lemon ground

An early 19th century Chamberlains Worcester cream jug with sepia transfer of rabbits and swans with gilt edge decoration, circa 1810. Length 14 cm

A Chamberlains Worcester tureen, stand & cover of Adams urn shape. Gilt borders with painted sepia and magenta floral sprays (early written mark) c.1790. Width 25 cm

A Chamberlains Worcester miniature jug and basin, each with a reserve painted of bird in foliage, within raised gilt on a blue ground, the bowl with gilt interior. Underglazed mark Chamberlains Worcester new Bond Street. 10 cm high

A Chamberlain's Worcester, coffee cup and saucer, circa 1815, decoration pattern 1330, the exterior of the bute-shape cup reeded, the saucer fluted, each with a green and gilt border of linked loops on the white-glazed ground, painted decoration number und

Fine pair of porcelain Chamberlain & Co. Worcester cabinet plates with central cartouche hand painted with gilding (details of Provenance to the rear)

Chamberlains Worcester covered sauce tureen in Imari pattern height 11 cm

Chamberlains Worcester coffee pot in blue and gilt, with a hairline. Height 23 cm

A fine Chamberlain's, Worcester, painted ewer, mid-19th century, the body of slender baluster form with a foliate pouring mouth and a loop handle with a fantastic animal's head terminal, the shoulder modelled with fruiting grapevine, extensive gilding thro

A good Chamberlain's Worcester campagna shaped vase, early 19th century painted with a view of Worcester cathedral from, the river on a cobalt blue ground, with gilt handles and raised on a square plinth base, signed in red to base, 23 cm high

A Chamberlains Worcester part dessert service, English, circa 1840, with wide duck egg blue borders ad gilt, comprising: 23 plates 23 cm four serving plates 27 cm and a pierced pedestal serving bowl 19 cm high, pattern number 3395 Provenance: Whitesides fa

Chamberlain Worcester cup & saucer, Kylin, pattern c1840

Part Chamberlain Worcester service ex Governor Lachlan Macquarie from the Judge Hugh Montgomerie Hamilton collection, paper labels to the back of plater and sauce tureen read, formally belong to governor Macquarie and purchased at Mrs Obri ius? Sale held b

A Chamberlain Worcester plate painted with Chinoiserie scene of man in landscape within a gadrooned border illustrated diameter 23 cm

Worcester early 19th century Chamberlain 'Malvern' double handled vase

Antique Chamberlain Worcester cup and saucer, cobalt ground with floral decoration attributed to George Davis

Chamberlain Worcester cup and saucer with cobalt ground and floral decoration, attributed to George Davis

Chamberlain Worcester lozenge shaped plated with exotic birds and flowers

An early 19th century Chamberlain Worcester porcelain dish, with four painted floral roundels in a gilt border on a cobalt blue ground. Greyhound crest. Note: rubbed diameter 16.5 cm

A Chamberlain Worcester vase, of baluster form, with flared neck, moulded handles, flower encrusting and deep blue and gilt highlights, circa 1820. Height 26 cm