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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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A Handpainted Royal Worcester Pot Pourri, Signed K. Blaky (H:11.5cm)
Oct 28, 10:00 AM AEDT
A Handpainted Royal Worcester Pot Pourri, Signed K. Blaky (H:11.5cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD1306 Bids
CHAMBERLAIN DRAGON IN COMPARTMENTS ICE PAIL
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
CHAMBERLAIN DRAGON IN COMPARTMENTS ICE PAIL
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$4003 Bids
TWO, CHAMBERLAIN WORCESTER BENGAL TIGER PLATTERS
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
TWO, CHAMBERLAIN WORCESTER BENGAL TIGER PLATTERS
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$3503 Bids
Group lot Royal Worcester China inc vintage Demitasse Cups with bamboo styl
Oct 24, 7:00 PM AEDT
Group lot Royal Worcester China inc vintage Demitasse Cups with bamboo styl
by The Collector
Est: AUD20- AUD40
AUD203 Bids
SIX WORCESTER "DRAGON IN COMPARTMENTS" PLATES
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
SIX WORCESTER "DRAGON IN COMPARTMENTS" PLATES
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $500- $700
$5002 Bids
TWO, WORCESTER "DRAGON IN COMPARTMENTS" TABLEWARES
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
TWO, WORCESTER "DRAGON IN COMPARTMENTS" TABLEWARES
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$2002 Bids
3 CHAMBERLAIN WORCESTER "BENGAL TIGER" PLATES
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
3 CHAMBERLAIN WORCESTER "BENGAL TIGER" PLATES
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $500- $1,000
$3502 Bids
Collection to incl
Oct 25, 7:00 PM AEDT
Collection to incl
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD252 Bids
WORCESTER DRAGON IN COMPARTMENTS VEGETABLE SERVER
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
WORCESTER DRAGON IN COMPARTMENTS VEGETABLE SERVER
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Pair Of Worcester Vase - John Stinton
Oct 24, 1:00 PM AEDT
Pair Of Worcester Vase - John Stinton
by Arts Of World Auctioneer and Valuer
Est: AUD6,000- AUD8,000
AUD4,0001 Bid
A Royal Worcester Tri-Footed Vase with Pierced Rim, Peaches & Grapes Pattern, Signed Bowen
Oct 31, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Royal Worcester Tri-Footed Vase with Pierced Rim, Peaches & Grapes Pattern, Signed Bowen
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD350- AUD550
AUD3501 Bid
Group lot vintage English China inc Royal Worcester c1911 Milk Jug with fl
Oct 24, 7:00 PM AEDT
Group lot vintage English China inc Royal Worcester c1911 Milk Jug with fl
by The Collector
Est: AUD20- AUD40
AUD151 Bid
Royal Worcester & Paragon Figurines, Miss Margaret
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Royal Worcester & Paragon Figurines, Miss Margaret
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
A Handpainted Royal Worcester Octagonal Plate, Signed H. Ayrton (Harry Ayrton) (Dia:15cm)
Oct 28, 10:00 AM AEDT
A Handpainted Royal Worcester Octagonal Plate, Signed H. Ayrton (Harry Ayrton) (Dia:15cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD150- AUD200
AUD701 Bid
Royal Worcester egg coddlers
Oct 23, 3:00 PM EDT
Royal Worcester egg coddlers
by Bob Stutler's Auction
Est: $0- $0
$41 Bid
A Small Collection of Royal Worcester Miniature Ceramics
Oct 28, 10:00 AM AEDT
A Small Collection of Royal Worcester Miniature Ceramics
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1001 Bid
Two Royal Worcester Wall Plaques
Oct 24, 1:00 PM AEDT
Two Royal Worcester Wall Plaques
by Arts Of World Auctioneer and Valuer
Est: AUD2,500- AUD3,000
AUD1,8000 Bids
Royal Worcester Plate
Oct 24, 1:00 PM AEDT
Royal Worcester Plate
by Arts Of World Auctioneer and Valuer
Est: AUD1,500- AUD2,000
AUD1,2000 Bids
Royal Worcester Plate Castle Scene By Harry Stinton
Oct 24, 1:00 PM AEDT
Royal Worcester Plate Castle Scene By Harry Stinton
by Arts Of World Auctioneer and Valuer
Est: AUD900- AUD1,200
AUD8500 Bids
Royal Worcester Plate
Oct 24, 1:00 PM AEDT
Royal Worcester Plate
by Arts Of World Auctioneer and Valuer
Est: AUD700- AUD1,200
AUD6000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Royal Worcester


Taylor & Harris

Taylor & Harris

Arts Of World Auctioneer and Valuer

Arts Of World Auctioneer and Valuer

Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.

Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.

Theodore Bruce

Theodore Bruce