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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 Teacup and Saucer c1800

Worcester Flight and Barr Teacup and Saucer c1800

Antique porcleian from an antique shop online and only online. Flight and Barr Worcester is a collectible and sought after by antiques collectors globally.

£110.00

Elegant Flight Barr Barr Worcester Porcelain Trio c1820

Elegant Flight Barr Barr Worcester Porcelain Trio c1820

A Flight Barr and Barr period Worcester trio in excellent condition

£110.00

Flight Barr Worcester Teacup & Saucer c1800

Flight Barr Worcester Teacup & Saucer c1800

An Worcester teacup and saucer from the Flight and Barr period. the age of elegance

£95.00

Six Persons Worcester Flight Period Tea Service c1790

Six Persons Worcester Flight Period Tea Service c1790

An 18th century Worcester porcelain tea service dating to around 1790

£420.00

Worcester Spiral fluted Coffee Cup c1785

Worcester Spiral fluted Coffee Cup c1785

Popular Flight Worcester porcelain spirally fluted Coffee Cup

£55.00

Barr Flight Barr Period Ribbed Coffee Cup and Saucer c1810

Barr Flight Barr Period Ribbed Coffee Cup and Saucer c1810

Barr Flight Barr Worcester Coffee Cup and Saucer c1810

£85.00

Flight Barr Worcester Coffee Can & Saucer c1820

Flight Barr Worcester Coffee Can & Saucer c1820

An english coffee can and saucer from the early 19th century, Flight and Barr Worcester

£140.00

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

£220.00

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,

£210.00

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

£220.00

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

£360.00

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