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 maroon ground pot pourri, circa 1820-25, the flaring basket shaped pot pourri with a twisted branch handle and leafy mounts, a domed lid with circular piercings, decorated to gilt tooled cloud reserves with castles in lake landscape

A Chamberlain & Co 'Blind Earl' dessert dish, circa 1840, after a first period Worcester design, the scallop edged dish moulded in relief with rose buds, leaf patterns, butterflies and various insects in colours; unmarked, diameter 20.5 cm

A Chamberlain Worcester cabinet plate, circa 1820, with decoration attributed to George Davis, the plate with gadroons to the rims and a gilt decorated border, exquisitely decorated to the well with five animated exotic colourful birds in a charming imagin

A fine Chamberlain & Co Worcester floral plate, circa 1822-25, a gadroon edge square plate with shell motifs, centred with a delicately rendered arrangement of summer blooms, enclosed by pale blue borders dotted with little gilded stars or flowers, mar

A fine Chamberlain & Co Worcester leaf bordered dish, circa 1840-50, with a broad moulded border picked out in gilt, centred with a lobed reserve decorated with a bunch of brightly coloured summer blooms on a fresh light green ground; red script mark u

A Chamberlain & Co Worcester mythological plate, circa 1796, decorated in the manner of John wood after Angelica Kauffman, depicting the Greek god of marriage, 'Hymen', being stalked through woodlands by a satyr, the cobalt border with gilt spr

A Chamberlain & Co Worcester armorial plate, circa 1840, a lobed edge plate with gold and ultramarine bands, finely tooled gilt and floral borders, decorated with the arms of the Barony of Ward of Birmingham and bearing the French motto, 'Comme Je

A Chamberlain Worcester reticulated basket, 1796-8, the lozenge shaped footed basket in 'Dragon in Compartments' pattern centred with an heraldic shield and an armorial to the main border, with rope twist moulded borders and twin rope handles encru

A crested Chamberlain & Co Worcester Named View dish, circa 1805-10, with special order crest, the dish with reserved gilt decoration to the border, the cavetto in bright lemon and white with line and ornamented gilt bands, centred with a grisaille vie

A Chamberlain & Co Worcester botanical dish, circa 1820, a moulded oval dish with an emerald lobed border, the gilt rim with acanthus scroll handles, depicting a single 'Paeonia Albiflora' bloom; specimen title underside, length 26 cm, width 22

A Chamberlain & Co Worcester botanical plate, circa 1810-20, the plate with a gilt enriched floral moulded border decorated to the well with a 'Star Anemone', after an engraving from William Curtis's 'The Botanical Magazine', publis

A Chamberlains Worcester vase, painted flower bouquet in cartouche, purple ground, heightened in gilt, scroll handles and scalloped rim. Height 13.5 cm.

A Chamberlain Worcester candle stand depicting Infant Horace, 19th century, 8 cm high

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