Royal Worcester is the oldest remaining producer of luxury porcelain remaining in Britain today. It was established in 1751 by Dr. John Wall, a physician and his business partner William Davis in Worcester England. After discovering a method of producing porcelain material in Davis’ apothecary shop, they secured financial investments from thirteen other local businessmen.
The method of porcelain production was property of the shareholders and each agreed to pay a penalty of £4000 (which is approximately £700,000 in today’s currency) should they disclose the trade secret to anyone else.
Early Worcester porcelain production was painted blue and coated with single glaze. Early product was rather haphazard but upon the purchase of Benjamin Lund’s Bristol company, the quality of the porcelain vastly improved. By 1755 Worcester was producing the best English blue and white porcelain that money could buy.
In 1789, the quality of Worcester Porcelain earned the company the prestigious Royal Warrant, and is still producing porcelain by the appointment of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Worcester played a major role in the development of the English tradition, going through various names changes over the years. It is now known as the Royal Worcester Porcelain Co.
When it comes to collecting Royal Worcester, it is not simple to define worthwhile items. The factory has produced a vast range including blush (cream-pink delicate china in the form of vases and dishes), beautifully moulded figures, birds and figural candle-snuffers. There is far more to Worcester than just these ranges but these are the best. It is not a cheap brand but the quality is outstanding and the pieces are getting more and more rare on the market – get them while you can and stick to items in perfect condition where possible. Always check your pieces carefully, as they are very delicate and damage easily.