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 twin handled vase, 'Wading Stork' by Walter Powell, 1912, of squat form with looped handles, painted to both sides, model no 2021, height 14 cm high

A Royal Worcester reticulated vase, 'Desert Storks' by Powell, 1912, of cylindrical form on three scroll feet, model no G42, 15 cm

A Royal Worcester J. Hadley ewer, 'Wading Stork' by Powell, 1905, with shaped lip and scrolling handle, painted profusely, model no 242B, 29 cm high

A Royal Worcester milk jug painted with a goldfinch by William Powell, barrel shape, signed, green mark, c.1929. Height 9.5 cm

Royal Worcester plate hand painted with flamingo, signed W Powell, 23 cm dia (slight scratch to glaze at feet of flamingo)

Royal Worcester signed W. Powell jardiniere hand painted with water bird design, raised decoration to body and pierced upper rim, circa 1911, 17.5 cm high approx

Royal Worcester handpainted egg cup decorated with a kookaburra, signed W.Powell, circa 1914, height 4.5 cm approx

Set of six Royal Worcester demitasse cups and saucers, heavily gilded and painted with fruit, signed by Moseley, Bee, Everett and Powell

A Royal Worcester 'Crane' porcelain vases by Walter Powell, dated 1905, of baluster twin handled form with bud and acanthus capped handles, raised from circular stepped foot, the body painted with cranes in a marsh landscape, marks in green, shape 248B, 29

A Royal Worcester 'Crane' porcelain vase and cover by Walter Powell, dated 1908, of baluster twin handled form the shoulder mounted with dragon and scroll handles below pierced cover, painted with crane by a marshland lake, signed W.Powell, green mark, sha

A fine pair of Royal Worcester 'Stork' porcelain vases by Walter Powell, dated 1909-1910, of slender ovoid form with mask and laurel moulded handles, raised from square and circular gilded stepped foot, each body richly painted with storks in a desert oasi

Royal Worcester porcelain bird vase painted by W.Powell, early 20th century. 35.5 cm

Royal Worcester / Hadley vase & cover ovoid body continually painted with crane & landscape, signed 'W. Powell', 34 cm height

Royal Worcester egg cup signed Powell, hand painted kookaburra and wattle decoration

Royal Worcester 10 pcs part tea set depicting, birds, each piece is hand painted with a naturalistic bird, scene and signed by the artist, two artists, H Powell and E. Townsend, the set comprises of three cups, three saucers and four side plates. Diameter

A Royal Worcester Hadley Ware vase by William Powell 1905 the twin handled tear-drop shaped pedestal vase with moulded decoration, gilded and painted with a crane in a forest lake setting, 26 cm high. Painted signature, printed factory marks

A Royal Worcester mask jug by William Powell, circa 1912 the ewer form vessel painted and gilt with storks in an exotic palm fringed landscape, with a loop handle terminating in a satyr mask, puce printed factory mark and signed H. Powell 28 cm high

A Royal Worcester pedestal vase, the ovoid body painted with 'Storks in Oasis' on duck egg blue ground signed W. Powell, spreading circular pedestal base, broken and pinned, trumpet form top and angular handles, gilt enrichments, printed marks c.1913. Heig

A Royal Worcester pedestal ewer, baluster form, the ovoid body painted with 'Storks in Oasis' on duck-egg blue ground signed Powell, the scroll handle with mask detail to body, ornate gilt enrichments, printed marks for 1913. Height 24 cm

Royal Worcester porcelain plate painted William Powell, scene of flamingoes on a lake with acid etched border, puce factory mark 1912 signed W. Powell 23 cm wide

A Royal Worcester pin dish and cover painted William Powell 1934. Diameter 6.5 cm

An elegant Royal Worcester ewer painted with swans, circa 1912, signed William Powell, the small teardrop shaped jug beautifully decorated with a flock of swans in flight and rising to a corinthian styled spout linking to the high scrolled handle which ter

Hadley Royal Worcester urn oval body on pedestal foot painted with Heron signed W Powell. Height 32 cm (repair to rim)

A Royal Worcester cup and saucer blue tit painted Powell and Royal Worcester cup and saucer. Shape 1933.

Royal Worcester hand painted vase with pansy decoration, designed W. Powell and date code for 1904