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Royal Worcester

Established circa 1750, Royal Worcester is believed to be either the oldest or second-oldest English porcelain maker still producing today. For this reason, Royal Worcester china is considered classically English and is revered for its history and provenance. The porcelain-making business began when Dr. John Wall, a physician, and William Davis, an apothecary, developed a unique process for creating porcelain. After convincing a group of 13 businessmen to invest, a new factory was opened in Worcester, England.

In 1783, King George III paid a visit to the factory and granted it a royal warrant. It became known thereafter as the Royal Porcelain Works. Royal warrants were also issued to Royal Worcester in 1907 by the Prince of Wales and 1808 by the Princess of Wales. Moving into the 20th century, Royal Worcester continued to maintain their reputation. One of their most popular patterns of this time was Evesham Gold, first produced in 1961 and depicting autumnal fruits with gold banding.

In 2009, the brand name and intellectual property of Royal Worcester was acquired by Portmeirion Potter Group based in Stoke-on-Trent. Today, the factory's former site now houses the Museum of Royal Worcester. Archives and records of the factory's production as well as the world's largest collection of Royal Worcester porcelain dating back to 1751 can be found at this museum.


Quick Facts

  • Made out of steatize granite, Royal Worcester china was regarded as the finest soft-paste china of its time
  • A trademark of early Royal Worcester china is that the thin, clear glaze appears to shrink away from the foot rims of cups, plates, and bowls
  • During the 20th century, the Royal Worcester factory hired specialized painters to create images on their dinnerware, thereby distinguishing them from cheaper transferware techniques of porcelain production

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Twelve Royal Worcester Gilt and Salmon Border Service Plates W: 10 3/4 in. (27.31 cm.)
Nov 29, 10:00 AM EST
Twelve Royal Worcester Gilt and Salmon Border Service Plates W: 10 3/4 in. (27.31 cm.)
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$1255 Bids
Graduated set of 4 Royal Worcester "Evesham" Kitchen Canisters. Tallest 32cm.
Nov 30, 7:00 PM AEDT
Graduated set of 4 Royal Worcester "Evesham" Kitchen Canisters. Tallest 32cm.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD453 Bids
7 Pieces of Royal Worcester "Evesham" Dinner Ware - bowls, sauce jug with under dish, etc.
Nov 30, 7:00 PM AEDT
7 Pieces of Royal Worcester "Evesham" Dinner Ware - bowls, sauce jug with under dish, etc.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD353 Bids
20 Pieces of Royal Worcester "Evesham" Dinner Ware - plates, bowls, flan dish (27cm wide), etc.
Nov 30, 7:00 PM AEDT
20 Pieces of Royal Worcester "Evesham" Dinner Ware - plates, bowls, flan dish (27cm wide), etc.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD503 Bids
A Royal Worcester ewer decorated by William Powell, 1912
Nov 27, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Royal Worcester ewer decorated by William Powell, 1912
by Gibson's Auctions
Est: AUD1,500- AUD2,500
AUD1,7003 Bids
Parian Ware Mythological Group, 19th C
Dec 18, 12:00 PM EST
Parian Ware Mythological Group, 19th C
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$1252 Bids
ROYAL WORCESTER PATRICIA PATTERN CHINA SET
Nov 28, 4:00 PM EST
ROYAL WORCESTER PATRICIA PATTERN CHINA SET
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $50- $150
$101 Bid
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Royal Worcester First Dance Figure 3629
Nov 27, 9:00 AM EST
Royal Worcester First Dance Figure 3629
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $30- $50
$101 Bid
19C Royal Worcester Hadley figurine 1243 "Bringaree Indian Female"
Dec 18, 11:45 AM EST
19C Royal Worcester Hadley figurine 1243 "Bringaree Indian Female"
by Broward Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $200- $260
$1501 Bid
19C Royal Worcester 1112 Lidded Pot Pourri Jar
Dec 18, 11:45 AM EST
19C Royal Worcester 1112 Lidded Pot Pourri Jar
by Broward Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $190- $240
$1301 Bid
19C Royal Worcester Hadley figurine 1243 "Bringaree Indian Female"
Dec 18, 11:45 AM EST
19C Royal Worcester Hadley figurine 1243 "Bringaree Indian Female"
by Broward Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $200- $260
$1501 Bid
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Royal Worcester Figurine, Spirit of the Millennium CW491
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Royal Worcester Figurine, Spirit of the Millennium CW491
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $300
$201 Bid
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Royal Worcester Fine Bone China Figurine, 1818 The Regency
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Royal Worcester Fine Bone China Figurine, 1818 The Regency
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$201 Bid
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Royal Worcester Fine Bone China Figurine, 1855 The Crinoline
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Royal Worcester Fine Bone China Figurine, 1855 The Crinoline
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$201 Bid

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