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Royal Worcester china is still in production today, notably the tablewares for which it has long been famous. The factory grew out of the Worcester porcelain factory which was established in the city in 1751 making porcelain tableware.

After various name and ownership changes during the late 18th and 19th century, it became known as Royal Worcester in 1862. At this time it produced decorative and ornamental porcelain in a wide variety of forms and styles.

During the 19th and first half of the 20th century, the factory was particularly renowned for the high quality ornamental pieces by artist decorators including Harry Davies; Harry and James Stinton, Richard Sebright and Dorothy Doughty.


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Worcester wonders go to new homes after dealer event

25 November 2019

A small Worcester mug painted with a rare blue and white pattern, c.1752-53, was among the stand-out sales during Jupiter Antiques’ latest exhibition, where it was offered for a price in the region of £4000.

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Starrs collection boosted by George Owen pieces for Royal Worcester

25 November 2019

The Starrs collection at Sotheby’s featured 25 reticulated vases or decorative objects produced by George Owen for Royal Worcester, most them purchased at auction in the early 1980s.

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Worcester mug rides crest of bidding wave

23 September 2019

While typically it is the very earliest pieces of Worcester porcelain from the 1750s that excite the market, there is always great interest in documentary pieces.

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Early Worcester plate among ceramics offered at 'A Collectors’ Paradise' in London

17 June 2019

A rare early Worcester plate, c.1752, painted in Chinese famille verte style is offered by dealer Robyn Robb at 'A Collectors’ Paradise', the annual group selling show of pottery and porcelain in St James’s. Offered for £9500, it features a bird perched on a flowering prunus tree.

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Worcester dishes produce blinding result at Dreweatts

06 May 2019

A pair of Worcester dishes of so-called ‘Blind Earl’ form was a best-seller in the ceramics section that opened Dreweatts’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) spring sale.

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Lowestoft rarities emerge at Keys in Aylsham

18 March 2019

The March Fine Sale at Keys in Aylsham, the first since a management buyout, includes both a group of Lowestoft rarities and pieces by other factories.

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Eye for rare Royal Worcester at Paul Reeves auction

18 February 2019

Among the most eagerly-contested lots in the Paul Reeves: An Eye For Design sale at Lyon & Turnbull was this set of Royal Worcester porcelain wall brackets, c.1865, allegorical of the four seasons.

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Dealer offers fine and extensive single-owner collection of porcelain in sections over a year

21 January 2019

Building a collection can be the work of a lifetime. Selling is often a much quicker affair. But dealer Haydn Hansell of Juno Antiques is being far from hasty when it comes to the fine assortment of mostly 18th century porcelain he offers this year.

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Fine chalice choice at Stourbridge auction

17 September 2018

Two Worcester ‘Limoges’ chalices were the star lots at Stourbridge auction house Fieldings (21% buyer’s premium).

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Polarised market for English ceramics highlighted by single-owner sales in Exeter and Derby

19 March 2018

Collecting traditional English ceramics is still a popular pursuit on both sides of the Atlantic – but one where purchases are always tailored to fit the purse strings of the core collecting audience.

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Owen once, Owen twice... Owen once, Owen twice... reticulated wares roll into two sales

23 October 2017

Dominated by two lots of Chinese porcelain, the September 28-30 sale at Hansons (17.5% buyer’s premium) also included eight Royal Worcester pieces by George Owen (1845-1917) who was inspired by the Orient to produce his trademark reticulated wares.

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Bidding battle sees rare Worcester mug taken to £34,000

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.

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Coffee is served – at 140 times estimate

17 October 2013

The English porcelain highlight of the last month was undoubtedly this Worcester coffee pot sold at Tunbridge Wells & Hastings.

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Royal Worcester in Glasgow

01 March 2013

There is plenty on offer for collectors of Royal Worcester at McTear’s British & Continental ceramics and glass sale on March 12 in Glasgow.

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Porcelain museum unveils new image at NEC fair

19 June 2012

Worcester Porcelain Museum will be launching a new look by unveiling items never seen before at the 'Antiques for Everyone' fair in July.

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Local landmark takes Flight

17 December 2011

FAME, rarity and the finest provenance propelled a c.1795 gilded and painted Worcester vase and cover to a predictable top spot at the latest sale held by Brightwells at Leominster.

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Grant Dixon’s Worcester: not too Catholic taste

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.

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Thieves break into saleroom and take lots awaiting collection

14 March 2011

ON the evening of Tuesday, March 1 thieves broke into Willingham Auctions and stole four fruit-decorated Royal Worcester vases.

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Worcester plate opens the day at £12,000

10 July 2010

THE Lyon & Turnbull sale at Edinburgh got off to a splendid start when Lot 1, a Worcester porcelain plate from the Duke of Gloucester service, c.1770, sold at £12,000.

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Rare species sighted in Cheshire

08 March 2010

OF all the many subjects painted by Harry Davis during his long tenure at the Royal Worcester factory, among the rarest and most desirable are polar bears in an Arctic landscape.