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Antiques column: Royal Worcester - a cracking tale

A pair of Worcester first period mugs which realised �9,000 at auction.

A pair of Worcester first period mugs which realised �9,000 at auction.

  • by William Wilson
 

The Worcester porcelain factories still exists today. The factory was founded in 1751 by John Wall, a doctor of medicine, and William Davies, an apothecary.

They took over the small Bristol china factory in 1752 and produced a soft paste porcelain. Unlike its rivals at Derby, Bow and Chelsea, Worcester porcelain could withstand hot liquids without cracking.

As a result, the factory specialised in tea sets, and on these the success of the factory rested.

Early productions in blue and white combine Chinese decoration with shapes copied from English silver.

Read William’s full column in this week’s (24 July) Pocklington Post.

 

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