Worcester Porcelain

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The exact sequence of events, which led to the opening of a porcelain manufactory in Worcester is difficult to unravel. It seems that around 1750 Dr.John Wall (1708 – 1776) and the apothecary William Davis conducted some experiments at Davis’s shop in Broad street, Worcester and discovered a method of making a porcelain type material. They then persuaded a group of 13 local businessmen to back their discovery with investment in a new factory at Warmstry House. A lease for the grand house on the banks of the River Severn was taken out on 16th May 1751 and on the 4th June, the 15 partners signed a deed to officially establish the ‘Worcester Tonquin Manufacture’. The secret of porcelain production was to be the property of the subscribers and each agreed to a penalty of £4000 should they disclose knowledge of the secret to anyone. Early production does not appear to have been successful and in 1752 the rival business of Benjamin Lund in Bristol was purchased, bringing vital technical expertise to Worcester. A licence to mine soapstone in Cornwall was also secured.
In the early years virtually everything produced was functional. By 1755 Worcester was making the best English blue and white porcelain tea wares that money could buy, as well as more expensive coloured enamel sets. Porcelain was sold to the trade through a warehouse opened in Aldersgate Street, London in 1754 and also through Samuel Bradley’s shop in Worcester High Street. Worcester’s main advantage over its rivals was that the Worcester soapstone porcelain did not crack when boiling water was poured into it. (Many other British porcelains did crack!)

Between 1767 and 1771 Dr.Wall had a formal agreement with the independent London decorator, James Giles and large quantities of Worcester Porcelain were decorated in Giles’ London Studio. (for more go to - James Giles London Studio)
Increased tea consumption in the 1760s created a huge demand for tea wares, bringing prosperity to the Worcester factory. This was not to last as competitors in Staffordshire began to produce inexpensive wares in large quantities. In 1774 Dr.John Wall retired and by 1775 Thomas Turner had left Worcester, taking many skilled workers with him. He set up a rival factory at Caughley in Shropshire, where he mass produced blue & white table wares in a very similar style to Worcester.

A full account of Worcester porcelain may be found at the Worcester Porcelain Museum website:
www.worcesterporcelainmuseum.org.uk/factsheets/

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A Worcester porcelain Breakfast cup & saucer with brown leaf decoration
An Antique Worcester porcelain Breakfast cup & saucer (1 of 4) with brown leaf decoration
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Carolyn Stoddart-Scott
Antique English Flight Worcester Porcelain Dishes in the Bishop Sumner Pattern,...
The antique porcelain Flight Worcester shaped dish with a design of a Chinese Famille verte pattern of the Kangxi period. Decorated in bright enam...
£2,000
Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc.
Antique First Period Worcester Porcelain Tea Service, Circa 1780-95.
Antique English First Period Worcester Porcelain Tea Service, Circa 1780-95. The Worcester porcelain tea service is painted with a mazarine blu...
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Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc.
Antique Worcester Teabowl & Saucer
A Worcester Teabowl & Saucer with under glaze blue sprays decorated with gilding and a gilt dentil decoration to the rim. Ex Chris Crabtree Colle...
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Carolyn Stoddart-Scott
Early Worcester Red Crabs Pattern Bowl
A very fine and rare early Worcester conical moulded Bowl with pleated flutes, painted in kakiemon style with the Red Crabs pattern depicting two c...
£6,500
Steppes Hill Farm Antiques Ltd
First Period Worcester Blind Earl Type Dessert Plate
A fine First Period Worcester Dessert Plate of 'Blind Earl' type with raised moulded rose buds, leaves and scattered insects highlighted in under-g...
£1,850
Steppes Hill Farm Antiques Ltd
First Period Worcester Sevres Style Trio
A fine First Period Worcester Trio of spiral moulded form with solid loop handles, painted in polychrome enamels in Serves style with pendant garla...
£965
Steppes Hill Farm Antiques Ltd
First Period Worcester Shell Moulded Dessert Dish 'Butterflies'
An extremely rare First Period Worcester shell moulded Dessert Dish with scrolled handle, painted in polychrome enamels with butterflies in green a...
£1,950
Steppes Hill Farm Antiques Ltd
Grainger Worcester Canary Yellow Ovoid Vase
A fine Grainger Worcester canary yellow ground ovoid shaped Vase with long tapering neck with flared top, painted with naturalistic birds perched o...
£350
Steppes Hill Farm Antiques Ltd
Pair Grainger Worcester Dessert Plates
A good pair of Grainger Worcester Dessert Plates, on a gross bleu ground, with intricate gilding and painted with a central display of flowers. ...
£600
Steppes Hill Farm Antiques Ltd
Pickle Dish
Worcester vine leaf pickle dish.
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Mary Wise Antiques
Rare Early Worcester Peacock Coffee Cup & Saucer
An extremely rare early Worcester Coffee Cup & Saucer, the cup with grooved strap handle, painted in puce camaieu with a peacock perched on a slend...
£7,250
Steppes Hill Farm Antiques Ltd
Sucrier and Cover
Worcester sucrier and cover. New Queens pattern.
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Mary Wise Antiques
Sweetmeat Dish
Blind Earl sweetmeat dish.
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Mary Wise Antiques
Worcester porcelain tankard, c.1754-56
Worcester porcelain tankard of unusual small size, with slightly flared lip and foot, painted underglaze with a fenced garden pattern. Circa 1754-56
AUD3,200
Moorabool Antique Galleries
Worcester porcelain tankard, fenced garden pattern c.1754-56
Worcester porcelain tankard of unusual small size, with slightly flared lip and foot, painted underglaze with a fenced garden pattern. Circa 1754-56
AUD3,800
Moorabool Antique Galleries