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Flight and Barr

Having been established in 1750 the Worcester porcelain factory at Warmstry House on the banks of the River Severn had a reputation for the production of the lower-end of the spectrum of blue and white decorated pieces, which sought to replicate original Chinese designs.

The works – in a somewhat poor state of repair – were bought by Thomas Flight in 1783 A former salesman for the company's products in London, he entrusted the day to day running of the firm to his two sons. Its fortunes continued to fare relatively poorly, until the younger son, John, embarked on a visit to porcelain factories in France, notably those around Limoges. On his return to Worcester, John immediately directed production towards the Limoges style, with the use of fluted shapes and decoration that mirrored popular French patterning of the day. This change of emphasis was to now preface the growth of the factory’s reputation, which prospered to such an extent that within five years the were able to number King George III amongst their patrons, and – with the issue of the King’s Warrant in 1789 – the factory was able to take the name of The Royal Porcelain Works.

John Flight was to die barely two years after his company’s endorsement by the King, and Martin Barr was immediately brought in to fill the void. His main influence was to oversee the introduction of a new process for imprinting design outlines on to the glazed porcelain blanks using oil (previously transfers were made on to the coarser unglazed surface, which limited the degree of definition that could be used). This greatly enhanced the detail and quality of the decoration and added yet further to the company’s stature. Still following predominantly French styles, ornamental items were now produced for a fashion-conscious and increasingly upper-class clientele, though somewhat curiously the Worcester works largely steered clear of producing figurines.

Further warrants from the Prince and Princess of Wales were to follow, and the company became known simply as Royal Worcester from that point forward.

By this time the manufacture of the once-renowned blue and white pieces was on the wane, and lavish ornamental vases and robust tableware filled the product catalogues, but regardless of which aspect of production the Worcester porcelain craftsmen were directed to undertake, they were able to turn out material of such a consistently immaculate quality that the name became synonymous with the very best pieces available.

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Worcester Flight and Barr Oak Leaf Pattern Teacup and Saucer c1800

Worcester Flight and Barr Oak Leaf Pattern Teacup and Saucer c1800

Popular Flight and Barr Worcester porcelain teaup & Saucer

£110.00

Flight and Barr Period Hop Pattern Coffee Cup and Saucer c1800

Flight and Barr Period Hop Pattern Coffee Cup and Saucer c1800

Popular Flight and Barr Worcester porcelain bucket shape Cup & Saucer

£250.00

Worcester Flight and Barr Queen Charlotte Pattern Coffee Cup and Saucer c1800

Worcester Flight and Barr Queen Charlotte Pattern Coffee Cup and Saucer c1800

Popular Flight and Barr Worcester porcelain bucket shape Cup & Saucer

£280.00

Flight Worcester Porcelain Trio With Entwined Handles c1785

Flight Worcester Porcelain Trio With Entwined Handles c1785

Worcester porcelain trio, decorated with underglaze blue flowers and gilding very much influenced by Chantilly and Serves,

£225.00

Worcester Porcelain The Worcester Temple  Pattern Teapot c1785

Worcester Porcelain The Worcester Temple Pattern Teapot c1785

A collectable Worcester porcelain teapot in the Worcester Temple pattern

£125.00

Worcester Fluted Floral Pattern Porcelain Trio c1785

Worcester Fluted Floral Pattern Porcelain Trio c1785

An English Worcester porcelain trio, decorated with vine swags and floral sprays, wet blue band very much influenced by Sevres

£230.00

Flight Period Worcester Gilt Flower Sprigs Pattern Trio c1790

Flight Period Worcester Gilt Flower Sprigs Pattern Trio c1790

An English Worcester porcelain trio, decorated with gilt flower sprigs, wet blue band with fluted body

£90.00

A Collection of Worcester Polychrome Coffee Cups, C1765-90

A Collection of Worcester Polychrome Coffee Cups, C1765-90

A polychrome Collection of Worcester porcelain for collectors and investors

£230.00

Flight Barr Worcester Coffee Can & Saucer c1820

Flight Barr Worcester Coffee Can & Saucer c1820

An english coffe can and saucer from the early 19th century

£235.00

Worcester Bat Pattern Tea Bowl and Saucer c1785

Worcester Bat Pattern Tea Bowl and Saucer c1785

18th century English porcelain online, the Worcester bat pattern

£130.00

European Lanscape Pattern Worcester Tankard c1780

European Lanscape Pattern Worcester Tankard c1780

First period Worcester blue and white tankard decorated in the European landscape pattern

£375.00

Flight Barr Worcester Japan Pattern Tea Cup & Saucer c1800

Flight Barr Worcester Japan Pattern Tea Cup & Saucer c1800

Flight and Barr Worcester porcelain. The popularity of Japanse porcelain imported by the East India company resulted in a number of factories including Worcester copying imported patterns and styles

£255.00

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