Royal Worcester Tableware
Founded in 1751 on the banks of the River Severn in Worcester, Royal Worcester was England's only continuous manufacturer of porcelain from its inception to its demise in 2009. The brand now continues as part of the Portmeirion Group. Royal Worcester tableware has graced the tables of England's greats from Lord Nelson to Margaret Thatcher. Evesham, Royal Worcester's famous pattern featuring the autumnal fruits of the Vale of Evesham, was first introduced in 1961 and comprises a stylish range of co-ordinated cook, serve and dine items.
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Royal Worcester Tableware
Set up by Dr. John Wall, a gifted surgeon and local pharmacist, with time and much experimentation managed to create a formula for 'soft paste' porcelain that was utility unique for its time, as it did not crack when exposed to boiling water. With such an innovation, financial backing soon materialized and the business flourished with the recent consumer desire for tea ware. Upon Dr. Wall's retirement in 1770, the business was bought by Thomas Flight, another manufacturer in Worcester. Due to his excellent vision and considered planning, Flight established Worcester as a centre of excellence, granted the Royal Warrant by King George III in 1789 and the name of Royal Worcester was officially adopted.
Though many ceramic companies floundered in the era of Queen Victoria, this was not the case for Royal Worcester, who excelled in producing lavish ornamental ware, figurines and ornate tableware. It continued to experiment and created a new materials like Parian, a beautiful cream porcelain, often used unglazed for figurines, as well as new decorating techniques like those seen on Blush Ivory. In 1880 it produced its first piece of Painted Fruit, which has remained in production almost ever since.
The twentieth century was dominated by investment in artists to keep one step ahead of its competitors, being true to its origins of creating dramatic and unique pieces. Be it egg coddlers or candle snuffers, it has always been innovative. It was fortunate during the two world wars to be asked to manufacture on behalf of the government, hard paste porcelain for the use in hospitals and laboratories and during the second, electrical resistors and spark plugs.
In 1961 it commenced production of its most enduring pattern Evesham, a stunning design of rich warm colouration, utilizing Worcester's unique and hard-wearing porcelain. Royal Worcester is now part of the Portmeirion Group.