Worcester porcelain dating
Having gained a reputation for producing quality tableware, Worcester flourished under the guideance of a series of owners.
The companies were Chamberlains, Flight Barr, Lockie and Grainger, and Binns Kerr.
Demand for china cups and saucers increased as tea, coffee, and hot chocolate became popular beverages.
Each drink demanded its own type of pot, cups, and accessories.
After his death in 1791 his son John took Martin Barr into partnership and traded as Flight & Barr. A Worcester Porcelain Teapot c.1770, globular shape, the cover with hand-modelled floral knob, painted in underglaze blue with the popular "Mansfield" pattern and over-painted "Clobbered" decoration in blue, iron red, brown and gilt.
The latter's son Martin Barr II joined the firm in 1807, which was then re-titled Barr, Flight & Barr.
All made improvements to the manufacture of porcelain, adding new glazes, shapes and designs.
There are variations of the major types that we will call sub-types.Royal patronage was added, firstly by king George III in 1789 and has been continually reviewed and renewed with each change of monarch. The factory continued producing mainly tableware during the nineteenth century and a few figurines were introduced, mostly by James Hadley.By the start of the twentieth century sales were in decline and in 1930 the factory went into recevership.In 1813 George Barr joined the business, which then operated as Flight, Barr & Barr until 1840 when the factory was acquired by the firm of Chamberlain. * FREE GIFT: A Worcester Porcelain Teapot c.1770 A Worcester Porcelain Punch Bowl c.1770, painted in underglaze blue with the “Rock Strata” pattern, depicting a riverscape and pagodas on an island. A Large Worcester Porcelain Dessert basket c.1770, of oval shape with two ropework handles, the interior decorated with finely painted bouquet of flowers, the exterior with applied florettes at the intersections of the basketwork sides, painted in puce, the rim outlined in brown. (This example is the largest of the four sizes, produced by the factory).
Two Worcester Tea bowls,(Possibly painted in the London atelier of James Giles) fluted with scalloped rim, decorated in gilt with a Neo-classical husk chain and medallions about a vitruvian scroll roundel and flower spray.