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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Locke & Co.Worcester vase with ivory ground - marked to base

Locke & Co. Worcester tall ewer with reticulated top and gilded hops decoration by Kate Locke on blush ground, c.1890, height 30.5 cm

Locke & Co. Worcester tall two handled vase with reticulated top and gilded hops decoration by Kate Locke on blush ground, c.1890, height 32 cm

A late Victorian Royal Worcester basket vase with gilt edgings together with a Locke Worcester porcelain pierced and gilt flower rose, circa 1895 - 1905. Height 8 cm

A Locke & Co Worcester pot pourri. 1900-1904. The raised fluted circular dish upon a small spreading patterned foot and having a cover impressed with patterns and pierced in interlocking gothic style floral patterns, in deep to pale ivory tones; with stamp

A Stinton, Worcester Locke & Co porcelain dish, with raised rim painted with the scene 'Path By the Lake Loch Katrine', signed, 15 cm wide

Locke Worcester cream jug and sugar bowl in a silver plated stand

A Locke & Co Worcester triple faux bamboo spill vase circa 1895, 15 cm high; a silver plate mounted sugar castor, circa 1900, and a Royal Worcester jug, 1899, painted with wildflowers (3) 20 cm high and 10 cm high

Locke & Co. Worcester shaker with silver plated top, the pheasant decoration signed by W. Stinton

Locke & Co. Worcester pot pourri, blush ivory ground

A Locke & Co., Worcester, pate-sur-pate vase, 1895-1900,ovoid with a short straight neck and a pair of moulded loop handles to the shoulder, decorated to one side with a spray of leaves and berries on the dark grey ground, a reduced version on the opposing

Worcester Locke & Co. condiments with silver plated mounts. Height of tallest 51 cm

A Locke & Co., Worcester, blush ivory porcelain vase, circa 1900, the vase and foot modelled as overlapping flower petals, the glaze in varying tones, edges gilt, painted mark and number 29 underside. Height 9 cm

A Locke & Co tapered pheasant vase, signed E. Blake. Height 6.5 cm