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 Royal Worcester porcelain bowl, hand painted with summer fruits, by and signed Thomas Lockyer bearing puce 'Royal Worcester' marks, date marks for 1927, shape number '2577', 30 cm in diameter

i) A Royal Worcester, painted fruit cup & saucer by Thomas Lockyer, circa mid 1920's / 1930's both pieces signed 'T. Lockyer', diameter 9.5 cm (plate); ii) A Royal Worcester, painted fruit dish, signed, mid 20th century. Signed, illegible signature, diamet

Royal Worcester painted fruit dish by Thomas Lockyer decorated with peaches, raspberries & grapes on a mossy ground, dated 1926. Condition good, some crazing & age related wear. Length 24.5 cm

A Royal Worcester pedestal vase by Thomas Lockyer. 1931. A compressed globular vase with pointed bracket handles, a domed cover and floral finial, raised on a long slender trumpet stem, and decorated with wild roses, anemone flowers and maiden hair in rose

A Royal Worcester porcelain dish signed T. Lockyer, circa 1924 of serpentine oval outline, painted with fruit on an earthy ground, puce factory mark. Width 31 cm .