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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First Period Worcester small scallopped edge dish 'Pine Cone' pattern

18th century Worcester transfer ware blue and white 'Plantation' pattern slops bowl

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 fine Worcester Osier moulded gravy boat, 1760-65, of elegant bombe form with a scrolling handle, decorated to two rococo cartouches with floral sprays, a butterfly below the lip, upon a fine osier ground, with puce highlights and sprigged with orange and

A fine Worcester pencilled 'Boy on Buffalo' teapot, circa 1754, the bullet shape teapot with a loop handle, painted in black upon white with a boy riding a buffalo below a trailing tree branch, the trunk encrusted with symbolic lingzhi fungus, the reverse

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 Chamberlain's Worcester campana vase and a petite pot, 1820-25, with decoration attributed to John Webster, the cobalt vase with a white and gold lower section having upright vine leaf mounted bracket handles, the covered pot with ringed lion handles

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 petite pink ground spill vase, circa 1820, in the manner of Minton or Chamberlain's Worcester, in the Sevres style, a cylindrical vase with gilt rosette and palmette borders, and decorated to gilt festooned cartouches with fruits and flowers, and col

An unusual Grainger's Worcester tripod spill vase, circa 1815-20, with a flaring waisted rim, a compressed base with neoclassical gilding and raised on a trio of substantial bird of prey feet, finely decorated with a detailed continuous scene of orient

A small Chamberlain's & Co Worcester bottle vase, circa 1840-44, the cobalt vase decorated with a gilt paste rococo cartouche enclosing a pair of brightly coloured birds on a branch in a landscape setting; stamp underside, height 13.5 cm

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 Kerr & Binns Worcester Aqua pedestal vase with Limoges style enamel decoration by Thomas Bott, 1855, the elegant baluster vase with stiff leaf moulding, fluting, and tooled and beaded gilt bands, with a decorated medallion depicting a maiden floating

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 Grainger's Worcester scenic Snowball vase, circa 1820, the squat waisted baluster vase encrusted with pink flowers, with an applied gilded laurel wreath enclosing a fine view of cattle grazing before a church; unmarked, height 14.5 cm

Locke & Co Shrub Hill works Worcester 'Loch Katrine' by Walter Stinton in blush ivory, signed to the body, titled & stamped to the base. Height 7.8 cm

A Hadley's Worcester cabinet plate, shape 235B, green mark, c.1902. Square with scalloped, moulded and pierced rim. Painted with tulips. Width 24 cm

A Hadley's Worcester cabinet plate, shape 235A, green mark, c.1902. Oval with scalloped, moulded and pierced rim. Painted with daffodils and violets. Width 26.5 cm

Early 19th century Barr Worcester cup & saucer, and 2 hybrid hard paste cups && saucers, C;1810

Late 18th century Worcester blue scale ground vase, with bird and gilt decoration, with J H Taylor Collection paper label to base, height 11.5 cm

Late 18th century Worcester tea caddy, fence pattern, crescent mark, 10 cm high., faults

Late 18th century Worcester Queen Charlotte plate, diameter 19.5 cm (restored chip to back)

18th century Worcester plate, pine cone pattern, 24 cm diameter.

18th century Worcester plate, pine cone pattern, 24 cm diameter.

18th century Worcester blue & white teapot, fence pattern, 10 cm high. Lid non extant, silver repair to end of spout.

Worcester 'Mansfield' pattern bowl, circa 1765-75, 12 cm diameter.

18th century Worcester drainer & plate, pine cone pattern, crescent mark, 22.5 cm diameter (drainer).

Two First period Worcester 'Queens' pattern chocolate cups and saucers and a 'Queens' pattern dish, circa 1770

Two First period Worcester dishes and a teapot stand, circa 1770, one blue scale ground with birds of paradise and butterflies, underglaze blue square seal mark, one has blue scale ground with flowers, script mark and the hexagonal teapot stand painted wit

A First Period Worcester teapot, sucrier and cover, a covered milk jug and a teapot stand, all circa 1765-1775

Eight First Period Worcester 'Queens' pattern cups and saucers and one single can, circa 1770

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