The Worcester factory was founded at Warmstry House in 1751 by a
deed of partnership with 15 members. The period from foundation to
1783, when it was acquired by Thomas Flight, is known as the First
Period or the Dr Wall period after one of the original partners, Dr
Post-Wall, the factory assumed various names and guises until
1862 when it became the Royal Worcester Porcelain Company, a name
now owned by The Portmerion Group.
Worcester is the most widely collected of 18th
century English porcelain factories. In production for precisely
half of the century, it is this long, varied and prolific output
that provides collecting opportunities at all levels from the very
rare to the surprisingly commonplace.
Written by Anne
From the ATG Archive
21 May 2011
THOMAS Grant Dixon formed his Worcester collection from 1940-70. This discerning collector was a great friend of H. Rissik Marshall, the famed Worcester collector and author whose collection now resides in the Ashmolean at Oxford.
03 April 2004
AS the most prolific of the 18th century English porcelain-producing factories, there is plenty of scope when it comes to collecting Worcester porcelain. There are few collectors, however, who can match the determination of Jeanne and Milton Zorensky.
20 October 2007
THERE must be something satisfying about a sale that performs as expected. Vendor, auctioneer and buyers all have their hopes and desires affirmed and most people come away happy.
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12 November 2015
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15 September 2014
An appeal for a shorter sentence launched by a conman who scammed dealers at fairs across the country has been dismissed.
04 September 2015
Size and value often have an inverse relationship in the antiques world where small can be beautiful.
03 June 2014
Trading from the Arts Museum in Cockspur Street, the famous James Giles (1718-80) china and glass decorating atelier produced an enormous diversity of bijouterie for the London luxury trade.
24 December 2014
A superb combination of history, condition and rarity came together as a figurehead from a Brazilian slavers’ ship sold at Essex saleroom Sworders for ten times the low estimate at £50,000.
11 March 2014
This Worcester mug c.1754-55 proved the highlight of the Raymond Dennis collection of early English porcelain sold by Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury.