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 set of six Royal Worcester Australian Wildflower series plates, painted by A. Shuck, two plates marked 9762 (T) and 9762 4F, two marked Ellis Rowan series, initialled as (Gg) and (Pp) each titled, illegible, one signed R. Austin Rd no 564935, one signed

Royal Worcester posy vase boat shaped painted with roses, signed R Ashton, 26 cm length

A Royal Worcester cabinet plate by R. Rushton c.1940's Sulgrave Manor hand painted porcelain, signed lower left titled with printed factory marks verso diameter 27 cm

A Royal Worcester cabinet plate by R. Rushton c.1940 Wick cottage hand painted porcelain, signed lower right titled with printed factory marks verso diameter 27.2 cm

A Royal Worcester cabinet plate by R. Rushton c.1938 spring Foliage near Elmley hand painted porcelain, signed lower right titled with printed factory marks verso diameter 26.8 cm

Signed Royal Worcester display plate. Fruit decoration on blue ground with gilt highlights, signed by R Seabright. Diameter .23 cm

Fine antique Royal Worcester twin handled porcelain urn, painted with roses & foliage, signed R Austin, no visible restoration or damage, approx 22 cm high

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

Royal Worcester 'Fruit' design two handled bowl, signed W.H. Austin (hairline)

Royal Worcester 'Magpie' porcelain pill box, circa 1908, by R. Austin, stamped Royal Worcester England, Flavelle Brotheres Ltd, 1.5cm high, 5cm diameter

A pair of Royal Worcester Australian bird plates, circa 1907, Ashy Fronted Scrub Robin' and 'Jacky Winter, By R. Austin, stamped and titled on base, 23cm diameter

Four Royal Worcester Australian flora cabinet plates, crica 1900, by R. Austin, B.M. Bradshaw, A. Shuck, and Ellis Rowan (attributed), stamped and titled on base, 23cm diameter

Two Royal Worcester Sabrina ware 'Fish' decorated vases, circa 1926 and 1929, one signed W.H. Austin, stamped and incised Royal Worcester, Made in England, Sabrina Ware Porcelain numbered G932, tallest 20.5cm high

A Royal Worcester Sabrina ware 'Fish' decorated vase, circa 1925, painted by W. H. Austin, impressed and inscribed Royal Worcester Made in England, Sabrina Ware, shape 2195, 20.5cm high

A Royal Worcester twin handled vase, 'Roses' by Reginald Austin, circa 1908, of baluster form with scrolling handles, painted both sides, Rd no 489538 model 246, 23.5 cm high

Royal Worcester cabinet plate hand painted with fruit, with gadrooned edge, signed R. Price, diameter 24 cm approx

Two Royal Worcester cabinet plates, one decorated with Raglan Castle, signed by H. Ayrton, the other 'Lake Derwent Water' signed by R. Rushton. Diameter 27 cm

Royal Worcester plate 'Bird of Paradise' by Harry Austin signed 'R Austin', marked to the base 'Paradisus Rudolphi C2805', dated 1900. Condition, good to fair, hairline crack, diameter, 22 cm

Royal Worcester plate 'Bird of Paradise' by Harry Austin signed 'R Austin', marked to the base 'Astrarchia Stephaule C2805', dated 1900. Condition, good to fair, hairline crack, diameter, 22 cm

Royal Worcester plate 'Bird of Paradise' by Harry Austin signed 'R Austin', dated 1900. Condition, good to fair, hairline crack, diameter, 22 cm

Royal Worcester plate 'Bird of Paradise' by Harry Austin signed 'R Austin', marked to the base 'Bird of paradiseXII C2805', dated 1900. Condition, good to fair, some crazing, diameter, 22 cm

Small handpainted Royal Worcester ewer signed R. Sebright, dated 1908, H17.5 cm approx

A framed Royal Worcester panel, 'York Minster', signed E.R. Booth. 22.5 x 14.5 cm

A framed Royal Worcester porcelain panel, 'Old Hampton Court', signed E.R. Booth. 13 x 21.5 cm

A framed Royal Worcester porcelain panel, 'Lake scene', signed E.R. Booth. 13 x 21.5 cm

A pair of Royal Worcester display plates with central hand painted bouquet surrounded by gilt floral decoration. Signed R. Phillips and dated 1917 and 1926 (2)

Royal Worcester hand painted "fruit" plate together with timber stand, cobalt blue and pink in colour with gilt highlights, signed R. Sebright, diameter 22 cm approx

A signed Royal Worcester bottle vase, 1918, with signature of W.H Austin, the vase with a slender ringed neck and gently flared rim raised on a waisted base, delicately painted to the body with soft toned pink roses with foliage against a suffused ground i

Royal Worcester plate shaped circular painted with fruit, peaches & gooseberries within ornate border, signed R Sebright, 22.5 cm dia

A set of three handpainted Royal Worcester cups and saucers, signed G. Mosely, H. Bee and N.H. Price, c.1929 saucers are signed R. Austin and E. Townsend

Royal Worcester handpainted twin handled vase with rose and gilt decoration,signed W. H. Austin. Height 23 cm approx

Royal Worcester hand painted jardiniere signed R Austin, bold pink & red roses with gilt enrichments, 21 cm diameter

Six Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan square dishes. Christmas Bells (1922) & white Bells (1910), both signed by Reginald (Harry) Austin; gum blossoms (1926), Bottlebrush (1926), Epacre (1926), & red gum (1910) unsigned. 14 x 14 cm (each)

Royal Worcester kookaburra & Wattle square dish. Signed Reginald (Harry) Austin (1922). 14 x 14 cm

Royal Worcester blue Wren square dish. Signed Reginald (Harry) Austin (1922). 14 x 14 cm

Royal Worcester Ellis Rowan large plate. Long-tailed wattle, signed Reginald (Harry) Austin (1915). 22 x 22 cm

Royal Worcester Australian butterflies large plate. Butterflies (Ogyris Hewitsoni) signed (Frank R) Rushton (1916). 22 x 22 cm

A Royal Worcester cabinet plate, signed R. Rushton. 28 cm diameter.

A Royal Worcester bird cup and saucer, 1929, with signature of R. Austin, Delightfully painted with a blue headed bird with green feathers perched on a branch amongst yellow flowers upon a lemon cream ground, with a burnished gilt interior and trims; with

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