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 fine Dr Wall Worcester plate , circa 1760s, with a scalloped edge and moulded rim decorated with a gilded pebble effect upon a deep blue ground, centred with fruits spilling from a basket handpainted in pink, puce, lemon and apple green colours; a cresce

Two Dr wall Worcester tea bowls with crescent mark to base, 1 bowl AF,5 cm and 5.5 cm high, C1780.

A Dr Wall Worcester 'Stag Hunt' tea bowl and saucer, circa 1765. A delightfully naïve pattern in a famille rose palette of puce, emerald, iron red, black with a touch of powder blue, depicting figures hunting stags in landscapes dotted with pavilions enclo

Dr Wall Worcester tea bowl & saucer, landscape in a circle C1770

A First period Worcester serving plate, circa 1770, (4) of lozenge shape, decorated in colours with an exotic bird on a white ground in the manner of James Giles, together with a Chamberlain's Worcester porcelain basket, 19th century, after the Dr. Wall or

Early English blue and white ceramic bowl in the style of Dr Wall, Worcester, d12 cm approx

A rare Dr Wall Worcester blue and white potted meat jar, circa 1755-58, the tapering straightsided tub with a thickened rim, sprigged with passionflower style blooms and trailing foliage, patterned to the interior of the rim; marked with blue crescent unde

A Dr Wall Worcester tankard, circa 1760, a simple cylindrical tankard with a strap handle, depicting a print by Hancock in puce colouring of a young man courting a milkmaid; typically unmarked. Provenance: With a paper label for the Albert & rose Laine col

A fine Dr Wall Worcester Chinoiserie vase, circa 1765, the baluster vase decorated in the mandarin palette with 'Long Eliza' Chinese figures and furnishings reserved within gilded arabesques and iron red leaf borders; illustrated in Spero and Sandon's 'Wor

A fine Dr Wall Worcester porcelain tea cup and saucer, circa 1760s, finely potted and decorated, the cup with tapering sides decorated with polychrome birds and insects to fan shaped panels and circles reserved upon a mazarine blue ground with foliate gilt

A fine Dr Wall Worcester tea cup and saucer, circa 1770, in 'Kakiemon' pattern and typically decorated in an iron red, emerald palette to fine gilded rococo reserves upon a scale blue ground; with a blue fret mark underside, saucer diameter 13 cm

A Worcester Dr Wall plate, circa 1770, the scallop edged plate with fancy bird decoration in bright colours to gilded shaped reserves centred with a medallion of colourful insects upon a cobalt ground; with fret mark underside. Diameter 20 cm

A Dr Wall Worcester blue and white saucer dish, decorated with butterflies and flowers. Crescent mark. Diameter 12.5 cm

A Worcester 'Fancy birds' cup and saucer, c.1780, Dr Wall period, decorated with painted birds and insects, inside gilded borders, against a blue painted 'Scale effect' ground marked with blue 'C' crescent mark (used before 1783) cup diameter 8 cm; saucer

Worcester Dr Wall cabbage leaf jug with a transfer print scene, having a Bacchus relieft face to the spout, unmarked. Condition good, minor age related wear. Height 21 cm

A Worcester Dr Wall porcelain dish, circa 1770-1780. Of oval shaped form with scale blue and raised gilded scroll bordered cartoche with reserves of floral and foliate sprays and centrally painted flowers, square mark, 20 cm width.

A Worcester Dr Wall porcelain plate, circa 1770-1780, with gilt enriched scalloped border, painted with floral sprays, garlands and foliate motifs picked out in gilt on a white field, open crescent mark, 19 cm width.

A pair of Worcester Dr Wall porcelain dishes, circa 1770-1780. Of scalloped square shaped form with gilt enriched scale blue borders, painted with floral sprays, branches and foliate cartouche, square mark, 22 cm at widest, (2). Provenance: Purchased from

A Worcester Dr Wall porcelain plate, circa 1770-1780, with scale blue border, the cartouche painted with floral sprays on a white field within gilt scroll borders, hatched square mark, 19 cm diameter.

A rare Worcester Dr Wall porcelain 'Dalhousie' dessert plate, circa 1770, with gilt enriched cobalt blue border, the fluted body painted with interspersed butterflies and fruit, centrally painted with pastoral and stream scene, crescent mark, 18 cm diamete

A fine pair of Worcester Dr Wall porcelain dishes, circa 1780. Of oval form, painted with gilded scale blue borders and reserves of fancy birds, butterfly and insects, 27.5 cm width.Provenance: Purchased from Graham & Oxley Kensington London, 1978.

A Worcester Dr Wall porcelain cup and saucer, circa 1768 with a Worcester Dr Wall porcelain dish, circa 1770-1780. The cup and saucer with scale blue borders picked out in gilt, the reserves painted with fancy birds and insects, square mark, the dish of fl

A rare Worcester Dr Wall porcelain 'Dalhousie' cup & saucer, circa 1770. The scalloped rim with cobalt blue border, painted with butterflies, fruit and a central river scene, open crescent mark.

A Worcester Dr Wall porcelain tea bowl and saucer, circa 1770. Painted with blue and red floral spiral banding, square mark.

A pair of Worcester Dr Wall blue and white tea bowls and saucers, circa 1780. Of fluted form, each painted in puce with foliate and branch design, (2).

A Worcester Dr Wall blue and white sparrow beak cream jug, circa 1770. Of typical form, painted with flowers and butterfly, crescent mark, 10 cm high.

A Worcester Dr Wall blue and white porcelain dish, circa 1770-1780. Of reticulated circular form enriched in the 'Pine & Cone' design, hatched crescent mark, 18 cm width.

A Worcester Dr Wall porcelain cup and saucer and coffee cup, circa 1770. Blue scale borders with cartouche of Japanese flowers, picked out in gilt, square mark (3). Provenance: Purchased from Graham & Oxley London, 1978.

A Worcester Dr Wall blue and white porcelain basket work dish, circa 1780. Double handled, painted in the 'Pine Cone' design, open crescent mark, 22.5 cm width.Provenance: Purchased from Spink Auctions Sydney, 1981.

A fine first period Dr Wall Worcester covered vase, circa 1760s-70s, the baluster shaped vase with a domed cover, rocaille lug handles and finely decorated with colourful 'Fancy' birds to reserves, richly gilded with scrolls and foliage; an underglaze squa

A first period Dr Wall Worcester tea bowl and saucer Third quarter 18th century, 'Fence' pattern, in underglaze blue and depicting a Chinese fenced garden with abundant blooms, foliage and birds, bordered with concentric blue rings, the small bowl conformi

A first period Dr Wall Worcester blue and white bowl, circa 1770, 'Mansfield' pattern, the rounded bowl tapering to a circular foot decorated with an underglaze floral spray design with additional sprigs to the body, the internal rim decorated with scrolls

A Dr Wall Worcester tea pot with flower finial and sprigs of flowers

A Dr Wall puce and floral decorated trio with a Machine tea bowl and saucer

A Dr. Wall Worcester sparrow-beak jug, with fence pattern and half-crescent mark. 11 cm high

A Dr. Wall Worcester basket, the centre painted with a pinecone pattern within a pierced border and the exterior with moulded flower heads and handles. 24 cm long

A Dr Wall Worcester coffee cup and saucer, painted with a cannonball pattern

Two Dr Wall tea-bowls and saucers, painted with cannonball pattern

A Dr Wall tea-bowl and saucer. Transfer printed with fence pattern

Dr Wall Worcester, cup and saucer moulded fluted design decorated with birds and floral sprays, together with a porcelain plate, English c. 1760, manufactured by bow porcelain, with scalloped rim decorated with birds, insects and floral sprays (3) (A/F). H

Dr Wall teapot, circa 1760. Globular form, with sprigs of flowers.