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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.


Royal Worcester Patience teapot

Why living up to one’s teapot now costs more

31 October 2022

The 1882 Royal Worcester porcelain ‘Patience’ teapot has become a satirical emblem of the Aesthetic movement.

Royal Worcester vase

Huge group of Royal Worcester comes to market

24 October 2022

A vast collection of Royal Worcester porcelain put together by an Australian couple during frequent trips to UK dealers and auction houses is up for sale next month.

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Dessert service with noble origins on the menu in British Columbia

29 August 2022

Maynards in Richmond, British Columbia, which offer this Chamberlain’s Worcester armorial part dessert service.

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Angling for Worcester teapot

29 August 2022

This Worcester teapot, offered for sale at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) in Crewkerne, dates from the first decade of factory production: c.1755-57.

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Coleridge collection up for sale at Bellmans

29 August 2022

Bellmans is selling the collection of Anthony and Marietta Coleridge on September 7-8.

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Boxers fight their way to the top price level

10 January 2022

Rarely do 19th century Staffordshire figures feature among the top-selling lots at auction these days but two bare-fist boxing champions did just that.

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Ceramics: Twinight Collection shines bright at Bonhams auction

15 November 2021

British porcelain element of renowned US collection amassed in European salerooms comes to auction in London

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Desirable davenport discovered in Ilkley auction

20 September 2021

Few furniture forms suffered a bigger crash in prices than the davenport.

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Pick of the week: Sleeper in Norfolk as Worcester 'Union Jack House’ cup is flagged up

09 August 2021

A solitary English blue and white porcelain coffee cup emerged from the relative anonymity of a one-line catalogue description and a £120-180 estimate to sell for £4100 at Keys in Aylsham on July 24.

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Royal Worcester vases and a Victorian silver jug are among five lots to watch at auction this week

07 June 2021

With estimates from £300-60,000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Breakfast service fit for royal visitors makes 10-times estimate in Edinburgh sale

07 June 2021

This huge porcelain breakfast service was made to welcome Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on their first visit to Scotland in 1842.

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Brangwyn the bachelor boy

10 May 2021

From 1932-34 Clarice Cliff was the art director for a project involving nearly 30 artists of the day to promote good design on tableware.

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Pick of the week: A rare white bird worth waiting for

29 March 2021

Having postponed the sale in November and again in January, Chorley’s finally got to sell an exceptional private collection of early English porcelain in Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire, on March 24.

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Alchin and Kenber collections of Worcester porcelain up to Scratch Cross

11 January 2021

Bonhams has a long tradition of single-owner sales devoted to noted collections of early English porcelain.

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Unrecorded Worcester mug offered by Albert Amor

14 December 2020

This previously unrecorded cylindrical mug is an addition to the known Worcester underglaze blue armorial pieces.

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Royal Worcester plaque painters in the spotlight at Trevanion & Dean

07 September 2020

In the hierarchy of Royal Worcester fruit painters Frank Roberts (1857-1920) comes close to the top.

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Three pieces of wonderful Worcester highlight the work of a trio of factories

10 August 2020

Pictured here are three good examples of Worcester hard-paste porcelain from the early decades of the 19th century – at which time there was a trio of factories operating in the city.

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Vietnamese bidding boosts Royal Worcester results

03 February 2020

A coffee service decorated in the round by William Powell was one of a quartet of early 20th century Royal Worcester offerings to go way above estimate, largely fuelled by bidding from Vietnam, at Fieldings (20% buyer’s premium).

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Royal Worcester ewer offered in Dania Beach auction

20 January 2020

This 13in (32cm) Royal Worcester ewer decorated with owls by Charles Baldwyn (1859-1913) carries an estimate of $950-1050 at Broward Auction Gallery in Dania Beach, Florida.

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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.