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...

Learn about Hadley & Sons / James Hadley

James Hadley (1837-1903) was apprenticed to Kerr & Binns of Worcester, (the predecessor firm to the Royal Worcester Porcelain Company) and then worked on a contract basis for the Royal Worcester Porcelain Company from separate premises as principal modeller from 1870 to 1895. That year his contract was terminated due to falling demand and he set up his own business. With the aid of his three sons, and trading as Hadley & Sons, he began producing decorative porcelain in 1896, with the assistance of a group of young artists. James Hadley died in December 1903 and the business was taken over by Royal Worcester in July 1905, though distinctive Hadley ware continued to be produced under the supervision of Louis Hadley for many years. Many of the floral designs found on Hadley ware were painted in monochrome, but were always of a very high quality. Much of the Hadley output consisted of high-class earthenware decorated with transparent glazes.
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Hadley Worcester ewer vase. Hand painted swan on lake decoration. On blue ground with gilt highlights. Stamped to base Hadley's Worcester England; and 242-c-79-62. C.1903. Height 35 cm

Large Hadley Worcester hand painted jardiniere, hand painted with roses. 22 cm high

Hadley Worcester two handled vase, hand painted with peacocks. 30 cm high. (Restoration to base)

Hadley's Worcester small vase, handpainted with daffodil and violet decoration. 9 cm high

Hadley's Worcester pot pourri. Shape 278. Globular form painted with blackberries and blossom with a pierced gilt cover. 12 cm high

A Hadley's Worcester urn shaped jardiniere by N. White, circa 1900 the waisted body with moulded twin ram's head handles painted with bouquets of roses by N. White, raised on a ringed gilded pedestal on four spreading feet with moulded stylised fleur de ly