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First Period Worcester

18th Century Worcester Porcelain. A very abridged and then trimmed and potted history of Worcester porcelain from Lunds Bristol to the soft paste porcelain of First Period Worcester and Thomas Flight. We do not discuss Flight nd Barr and the other partnerships in this category nor Royal Worcester Porcelain. This humble attempt is no more than the briefest of guides to give the observer some context to accompany the images below. We do provide abriegf guide to the decorative styles deployed by Britains most celebrated porcelain company on the banks of the river severn

The name most widely associated with Worcester porcelain is that of Dr John Wall a physician. In conjunction with a chemist ( the apothecary William Davis ) they atempted to produce porcelain. Having met with Messers Lund and Miller of the Bristol porcelain factory they persuaded a group of local businessmen to invest in a new factory at Warmstry House Worcester.

Lunds Bristol. The forerunner of the Worcester factory was the very short-lived manufactory of Benjamin Lund at Redcliffe Backs in Bristol that was in operation between 1749-1751. In Early 1752 the Bristol factory was merged with the newly established Worcester Tonquin factory founded in June 1751. Benjamin Lund transferred all his stock, moulds and working materials and worked as a consultant with the new enterprise for at least a year. It is believed that Benjamin Lund at Redcliffe Backs produced ‘painted blue’ and ‘undecorated’ pieces. Polychrome decoration was undertaken at the new Worcester factory. Some early Worcester porcelain shapes were “heavily influenced” by oriental forms but most derived from contemporary English silver and the contemporary rococo wares.

Early Chinese Decoration 1750-1755. The early decorative influences were mostly Chinese, capturing the spirit of chinoiserie, Chinese scenes, Chinese figures, strutting birds, miniature islands, drifts of flowers and foliage. The decoration being heavily influenced by the fantasy chinioserie of French rococo artist Francois Boucher and “Fleurs de Fantasie” of Jean Pillement and his landscapes

Early Japanese Decoration 1750-1755. Japanese porcelain began to arrive in Britain around 1680. Ceramic designs imported by the Dutch East India Company from Arita , known as “Kakiemon” influenced the porcelain decorators at Worcester. Asymmetric designs with flowering peonies, bamboo and pines trees, prunus blossom and flying birds were created. Other Japanese styles were also emulated to a lesser degree.

Early European Decoration 1755-1765. The influence and impact on the Worcester factory by Meissen cannot be understated. The Meissen style flower painting came to the fore. Some patterns and colour grounds were directly copied from Meissen originals. Other decorative styles in this period include pencilled figures and miniature scenes of European figures in landscapes. Birds in landscapes and intricate flower displays were often associated with the artist James Rogers. Factory marks were infrequently used on polychrome wares during this period and identification is based upon an understanding of the paste and glaze and recognition of distinctive Worcester shapes

The first period 1765-1776. Some of the most successful, finest and celebrated styles of decoration were produced during this period. Rich Japan patterns, Hop Trellis patterns (as many as twelve variants), colourful Chinese figurative patterns, exotic birds and insects, monochrome (both floral and figurative) including blue and white porcelains, colourful floral displays, landscapes, decoration with royal blue borders, turquoise cailloute and dry blue. The coloured grounds were mostly inspired by Meissen and Sevres, examples include blue scale, wet blue or gros bleu, powder blue, mazarine blue, bleu celeste, sea-green, purple scale, yellow, yellow scale, claret, apple green and pink scale

James Giles and Externally Decorated Worcester Porcelain. The capital was at a disadvantage to other regions with regards to porcelain works and manufacture. Clay and coal to fire kilns had to be brought from long distances. Isleworth, Vauxhall, Limehouse, Bow and sadly even the great Chelsea factory were to fail or close or relocate. London did however play a very significant role in the development of decoration on English porcelain. It was fashionable, a huge population centre and it traded with the world. This created wealth, something on which the greatest craftsman and artisans in jewellery, furniture, clothing, art and porcelain decoration had to predicate.

The names of Richard Horwood, Taylor and Abbot, JH O’Neale and others have for the most part been forgotten. That of James Giles has not. Giles was responsible for the more ambitious and prestigious forms of polychrome decoration including the majority of the coloured grounds and his cisele gilding is of the finest quality.

Pencil and transfer decoration – 1756-1765. The technique of pencil decoration derived from Chinese porcelain and was very much in fashion during the period specified. The artist achieved the effect by using a very fine brush of one colour , usually black. A few standard patterns were used – Chinese landscapes, Chinese figures holding parasols, Chinese figures and pavilions, Chinese boy on a buffalo, flowers, butterflies and foliage some of the patterns with intricate borders.

Transfer printing over glaze from 1753-4. The technique was first deployed with enamels by John Brooks in Birmingham, before he went to Battersea in 1753,. The earliest Worcester examples date from 1753-1754 associated with the designer L P Boitard and several prints bear his signature, known as ‘smokey primitives’. The engraver Robert Hancock was the major proponent of the technique he became a full partner in the factory from 1772 until disputes with other partners lead to his departure in 1774. Much of Hancock’s inspiration came from Francois Boucher, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Jean Pillement and Nicolas Lancret – some prints occur in “jet enamel” a fine strong black colour but other colours include reddish-brown and dark lilac


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Worcester Porcelain Gold Queen's Pattern Milk Jug c1780

Worcester Porcelain Gold Queen's Pattern Milk Jug c1780

A beautiful Worcester porcelain "Gold Queen's" pattern milk jug from c1780 in excellent condition. For more antique British porcelain including Derby, Chelsea, and Bow please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£240.00

Rare Small Size First Period Worcester Porcelain Basket c1760

Rare Small Size First Period Worcester Porcelain Basket c1760

Rare Worcester porcelain polychrome floral pattern basket c1760

£525.00

Rare Worcester Lady At The Loom Pattern Sparrow Beak Jug c1770

Rare Worcester Lady At The Loom Pattern Sparrow Beak Jug c1770

Rare worcester Mandarin sparrow beak jug, from our online antiques shop

£245.00

Rare Worcester Porcelain Mandarin Long Eliza Mug c1770

Rare Worcester Porcelain Mandarin Long Eliza Mug c1770

Hand painted First Period Worcester porcelain mug with a Mandarin pattern

£745.00

First Period Worcester Long Eliza Vase c1770

First Period Worcester Long Eliza Vase c1770

first period worcester vase, mandarin pattern, long eliza, 18th century worcester porcelain

£450.00

Worcester Porcelain Beckoning Chinaman Pattern Mug c1755

Worcester Porcelain Beckoning Chinaman Pattern Mug c1755

Hand Painted Worcester porcelain Beckoning Chinaman Pattern Mug online

£650.00

Worcester Boy In the Window Pattern Teapot and Cover c1770

Worcester Boy In the Window Pattern Teapot and Cover c1770

A much sought after Worcester porcelain teapot in a Mandarin pattern

£375.00

First Period Worcester Sir Joshua Reynolds Pattern Dessert Plate c1770

First Period Worcester Sir Joshua Reynolds Pattern Dessert Plate c1770

One of several variants of the so called Joshua Reynolds pattern. The design first appears on Chelsea porcelain but was soon adopted by the Worcester porcelain manufactory

£210.00

First period Worcester Porcelain Plate c1770

First period Worcester Porcelain Plate c1770

First period Worcester porcelain plate. Wonderfully enameled, hand painted items have a certain charm unrivaled by machine prints of today

£55.00

Rare Worcester Finger Bowl & Stand c1760

Rare Worcester Finger Bowl & Stand c1760

A first period Worcester porcelain finger bowl and stand. It is rare to find them intact

£1,350.00

First period Worcester James Giles Fluted Porcelain Plate c1770

First period Worcester James Giles Fluted Porcelain Plate c1770

First period Worcester porcelain plate, painted at the atelier of James Giles. Wonderfully enameled, hand painted items have a certain charm unrivaled by machine prints of today

£250.00

First Period Worcester Leaf Dish 1765-1770

First Period Worcester Leaf Dish 1765-1770

These large vine leaf shaped dishes were made as a component within a dessert service to serve sweetmeats and comfits. The much smaller vine leaves tend to be pickle dishes. The double cabbage leaf dishes were used as both stands and serving dishes.

£450.00

First Period Worcester "The Plantation Print" Coffee Can and Saucer c1765

First Period Worcester "The Plantation Print" Coffee Can and Saucer c1765

A very fine Worcester porcelain "Plantation Print" coffee can and saucer from c1765 in excellent condition. For more antique British porcelain including Derby, Chelsea, and Bow please visit ScottishAntiques.com

£200.00

First Period Worcester "The Waiting Chinaman" Pattern Small Tea Bowl and Saucer c1772

First Period Worcester "The Waiting Chinaman" Pattern Small Tea Bowl and Saucer c1772

A very fine "the Waiting Chinaman" pattern first period Worcester tea bowl and saucer from c1772 in excellent condition. For more antique British porcelain please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£225.00

Early Worcester Plantation Print Tea Bowl and Saucer c1760

Early Worcester Plantation Print Tea Bowl and Saucer c1760

Rare shape worcester porcelain teabowl and saucer for collectors and investors

£325.00

Rare First Period Worcester Sparrow Beak Jug c1765

Rare First Period Worcester Sparrow Beak Jug c1765

A very fine First Period Worcester sparrow beak jug from c1765 in excellent condition.

£245.00

First Period Worcester "The Mission Church" Blue and White Sauceboat c1765

First Period Worcester "The Mission Church" Blue and White Sauceboat c1765

A very fine and rare First Period Worcester blue and white sauceboat of "The Mission Church" pattern from c1765 in excellent condition.

£250.00

First Period Worcester Porcelain Basket c1770

First Period Worcester Porcelain Basket c1770

A beautiful First Period Worcester porcelain basket from c1770 in excellent condition. Available from scottishantiques.com

£775.00

First Period Worcester Porcelain Basket c1760

First Period Worcester Porcelain Basket c1760

Rare Worcester porcelain polychrome floral pattern basket c1760

£540.00

First Period Worcester "Old Mosaic" Pattern Sucrier c1770

First Period Worcester "Old Mosaic" Pattern Sucrier c1770

First Period Worcester "Old Mosaic" pattern sucrier from c1770 in excellent condition. Available from scottishantiques.com

£795.00

First Period Worcester Scale Blue Teapot c1770

First Period Worcester Scale Blue Teapot c1770

A First Period Worcester teapot in excellent condition. Blue scale with floral cartouches.

£850.00

First Period Worcester Yellow Ground Basket c1770

First Period Worcester Yellow Ground Basket c1770

A stunning pair of First Period Worcester baskets expertly restored.

£775.00

Worcester The Arcade Pattern Teabowl and Saucer c1765-70

Worcester The Arcade Pattern Teabowl and Saucer c1765-70

Blue and white worcester porcelain for collectors and investors

£825.00

Worcester Porcelain Scale Blue Teapot Stand c1770

Worcester Porcelain Scale Blue Teapot Stand c1770

A first period Worcester scale blue fluted porcelain teapot stand c1770

£225.00

Rare Worcester Porcelain Fisherman In A Fan Shaped Panel Cream Jug  c1765

Rare Worcester Porcelain Fisherman In A Fan Shaped Panel Cream Jug c1765

First Period Worcester Porcelain sparrow beak jug, one of many pieces of 18th century English porcelain for the inspired collector

£975.00

First Period Worcester Blue & White Pickle Dishes c1765

First Period Worcester Blue & White Pickle Dishes c1765

Worcester blue and white porcelain for collectors

£180.00

Worcester Coffee cup and Saucer c1785 - Ex Zorensky

Worcester Coffee cup and Saucer c1785 - Ex Zorensky

The style reflects the neo-classical tastes of the 1780s and the fluting has been influenced by the cannelé style from Sèvres. The high quality of the gilding means that these pieces are likely to have been expensive when they were manufactured. These pie

£350.00

Worcester Porcelain Comagnie Des Indes Trio c1770

Worcester Porcelain Comagnie Des Indes Trio c1770

see more first period wiorceter at the antique shop online

£495.00

Worcester Hop Trellis Pattern Sucrier c1775

Worcester Hop Trellis Pattern Sucrier c1775

A fine first period Worcester porcelain sucrier and cover in the hop trellis pattern

£550.00

Yellow Ground Worcester Pierced Porcelain Basket c1770

Yellow Ground Worcester Pierced Porcelain Basket c1770

Central spray of flowers. Flowers painted at intersections of pierced sections. Moulded flowers at external intersections of pierced circles. Yellow grounds were not as widely deployed at Worcester as they were at meissen

£1,100.00

A Worcester Porcelain Pierced Basket c1770

A Worcester Porcelain Pierced Basket c1770

We do not know why yellow grounds are not more prevalent within the Worcester catalogue. Meissen used them far more extensively. Most Worcester examples are such baskets.

£900.00

Worcester Porcelain Mandarin Pattern Coffee Cup c1775

Worcester Porcelain Mandarin Pattern Coffee Cup c1775

Antique Worcester porcelain coffee cup, decorated with a hand painted Mandarin pattern

£125.00

Worcester Porcelain  Teabowl and Saucer c1775

Worcester Porcelain Teabowl and Saucer c1775

First period Worcester porcelain teabowl and saucer From our online antique shop

£145.00

Worcester Porcelain Entwined Handle Teacup and Saucer c1770

Worcester Porcelain Entwined Handle Teacup and Saucer c1770

An Early Worcester porcelain teacup and saucer in a floral pattern from the Scottish online antique store

£225.00

Worcester Queens Pattern Tea Cup and Saucer c1770

Worcester Queens Pattern Tea Cup and Saucer c1770

An antique Worcester tea cup and saucer from our online antiques store

£225.00

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