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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An impressive Royal Worcester vase and cover painted with sheep, signed Harry Davis, 17.5 cm high

A Royal Worcester baluster hand painted vase decorated with highland cattle, signed Harry Stinton, 26 cm high

An impressive Royal Worcester two-handled potpourri lidded baluster vase, painted with fruit, signed Ayrton and richly gilded. Date marks c.1950. Height 28 cm

Good 19th century Royal Worcester triple vase, in the form of three baskets, beautifully painted with groups of flowers, accented with gilt border and jewelled enamel finish, factory mark verso, height 13.5 cm

Royal Worcester porcelain vase, with spreading lip and baluster body, painted with fruit on a moss ground, signed Ayrton, on circular foot, height 15 cm

Royal Worcester handpainted floral vase with reticulated neck & figural heads to the handles. Finely painted floral detailing to front & verso. Stamp to base, height 35.5 cm

A Royal Worcester porcelain lidded two-handled vase by John Stinton Jnr, circa 1909, the baluster body painted with highland cattle in misty landscape, shouldered by leaf shaped handles, gilt and peach bloom neck and circular foot, domed leaf capped finial

A pair of Royal Worcester porcelain covered vases by John Stinton, circa 1913, the sides painted with scenes of highland cattle in clouded landscape, moulded beaded borders, classical bound drape handles, gilt neck and foot, the cover leaf capped lids with

A Royal Worcester porcelain reticulated two-handled vase by George Owen, circa 1906, of baluster form, the sides pierced with honeycomb sections above a band of moulded vertical leaves, square base, the shoulders and slender neck pierced and supporting scr

A Royal Worcester porcelain two-handled covered vase by Harry Davis, circa 1931, of slender pear form, painted with sheep in landscape, slightly domed cover and raised on circular gilt foot, signed H. Davis, printed puce factory mark, registration no. 6691

A Royal Worcester covered two-handled vase by Charles Baldwyn, circa 1900, the ovoid sky blue body painted with a flock of white swans in flight against a background of gold sedges and reeds, a moulded band of acanthus leaves to lower body, scroll handles,

Royal Worcester, porcelain potpourri, c. 1960, painted with fruits and highlighted in gilt, with reticulated lid, signed, shape no. 169/H, printed mark to underside, together with a Belleek porcelain vase, with applied thistles, printed mark to underside (

Royal Worcester, porcelain ewer, c. 1905, hand painted with rose blooms and flower buds, with scrolling handle, signed 'C V white', green printed mark to base and 'H' for James Hadley, height 29 cm. Provenance: John Williams Antiques, Wooll

Worcester Grainger & Co., three porcelain vases, c. 1901-1902, each with reticulated and gilded rim, decorated with scrolling flowers in raised and tooled gilt on a cobalt blue ground, raised on four feet, printed marks to undersides, shape no. 42/G (3

A Royal Worcester pheasant vase by James Stinton, 1924, pattern 2491, signed Jas Stinton below image, the small baluster vase with two pheasants in a naturalistic landscape upon a cream ground, and with narrow gilded rims, signed below image; puce backstam

Two Royal Worcester porcelain two handled vases, one with cover by Richard Sebright, 1934, and one tall vase by William Jarman, 1909, 16 cm and 30 cm high

A pair of Royal Worcester porcelain Oriental style vases, 1878, 15 cm high

A pair of Grainger & Co Royal Worcester porcelain two handled vases painted with birds, circa 1880, 22 cm high

A Royal Worcester porcelain ivory ground vase and cover painted with wild flowers, 1916, 17 cm high

Grainger Worcester pair of reticulated ewers each painted with scenes of white swans on a lake to one side & flowers to the rear. Condition: fair, some restorations, height 30 cm

Royal Worcester signed Kitty Blake berry vase, height 14.5 cm

Royal Worcester blush ivory vase, hand painted with floral and gilt decoration, RN 209597, 16.5 cm high

A Royal Worcester porcelain vase, attributed to Charles Baldwyn, circa 1884, baluster in form, depicting frogs attacking a swooping owl with bullrushes and a toadstool, unsigned, 46 cm high

19th century Royal Worcester wall vase, in the form of a cornucopia and drape, in blanc de chine and accented in gilt, factory mark to base, a/f height 26 cm

A Royal Worcester pheasant vase by James Stinton, 1907, pattern G799, signed Jas Stinton below image, the Oriental styled bottle vase of slightly compressed form with a moulded knop to the gently flaring neck, decorated to the body with a finely painted ph

Royal Worcester blush ivory, basket vase, small ewer & shell form pin dish, puce backstamp, ewer H 10 cm

Royal Worcester roses vase by Millie Hunt of elongated shape, brightly coloured, with gilt detail to the foot & rim. Numbered '2777', signed 'M Hunt'. Height 20.8 cm

Royal Worcester peach vase by Horace Price painted with peaches & grapes, & berries to verso, with gilded edging, shape number 2471, signed 'H.H. Price'. Height 14.5 cm

Royal Worcester painted rose vase by Harry Austin having gilt detail, stamped & numbered to the base. Signed 'R Austin' to the body. Height 18.5 cm

Royal Worcester blush ivory twin handled vase with floral hand painted detail & gilt highlights, 'Rn 27579', dated 1921. Height 10.5 cm

A Royal Worcester pedestal vase, painted with blackberries and heightened in gilt, signed by Kitty Blake, date code indistinct, 20th century, shape number 2260. Height 14 cm.

A Royal Worcester vase, of ovoid shape on dolphin pedestal, surmounted by a pierced frieze with grotesque masks, and painted flowers on blush-ivory ground, heightened in gilt, and raised on three paw feet, date code 1894, shape 1639. Height 22 cm.

A Royal Worcester pedestal vase, ivory blush heightened in gilt, the vase shaped as a shell surmounted by a lizard, the pedestal in the form of coral, on circular base, date code 1882. Height 22 cm.

A Royal Worcester lidded vase, painted with poppies on blush ivory ground, signed James Hadley to base and under lid, date code from 1892. Height 13.5 cm.

A pair of Royal Worcester squat shaped vases, painted with fruit on white ground, signed Frank Roberts, date code 1961, shape number 2491. Height 7.5 cm.

A Royal Worcester vase, with a painted image of Ann Hathaways' cottage, heightened in gilt, shape H302, date code 1929. Height 11 cm.

A Royal Worcester vase, painted peacock, heightened in gilt, date code 1905, shape 287B. Height 13 cm.

A Royal Worcester vase, 'Sabrina Ware', white painted fish pattern on body, shape 1707, 20th century, missing plate and lid. Restored. Height 16 cm.

Royal Worcester hand painted fruit ewer, signed R.Sebright, circa 1908, height 17 cm approx