ROYAL WORCESTER PORCELAIN – AN INTRODUCTION

The Market

Royal Worcester porcelain has remained some of the most sought after porcelain in the market over recent years.  In fact some has increased in value over the last ten years, bucking the trend for such decorative antiques.  

The painted porcelain is by far the most commercial and needs to be appreciated as a painting or work of art in its own right rather than just as ‘a vase’ or ‘a tea service’.  Royal Worcester employed some of the best artists of their time to create fantastic still life and landscape studies, each carefully placed on a very fine porcelain vase.

We can advise the value of your Royal Worcester porcelain and help you sell it too.  Rather than just advising the service of just one auction house we are able to advise where is best to sell your Royal Worcester porcelain to ensure you get the highest price possible.

Condition

The condition of your Royal Worcester is vital in order for a good selling price.  The best way to look for damage is with a very powerful LED torch.  If you shine this inside the item it will show any cracks or restored areas.  The condition of the gilding is important – if you can see a red colour coming through this is an indication that the original 22ct gold leaf has been worn away.

Blush Ivory 

Although Blush Ivory items still sell well, they do not make as much as the other painted wares.  Prices vary from £20-1,000 (very broadly speaking).  The painting on Blush Ivory items is in a much looser style and many pieces are not signed.  This does not stop the such items making high sums at auction but genearlly speaking the value of Blush Ivory items is much lower than the finely painted items. 

Royal-Worcester-Stinton
ROyal-Worcester-Vase
Royal-Worcester-Vase-and-Cover

Signatures

Your piece of painted Royal Worcester porcelain should have a signature somewhere near the artwork if it is by one of the most respected painters.  You can see a list below with all of the most important  Royal Worcester painters.  If your piece is signed then it is a good indication it will have a substantial value. 

Other Marks

The marks on the base will help you date the item.  The number of dots around the mark will help you date it.  You can use THIS website to help date your Royal Worcester.  If there is a number on the base of your item then this will be the shape number rather than the date that the item was produced.  There should be no signatures on the base of any piece of Royal Worcester.

Value

It is not uncommon for painted Royal Worcester to make over £1,000 at auction.  The highest prices are reserved for vases, followed by tea service, bowls, plates and other small novelty items.  If you have an item you would like valued please get in touch.

As each piece is a unique work of art the value can vary from piece to piece depending on how the painting works on the shape of the item.  Some of the highest prices are reserved for the animal subjects with rare subjects like the puppies on the vase illustrated making considerably more than typical highland scenes.

Dinner Services & Other Tableware

Sadly there is no market for dinnerware or other utilitarian items.  These pieces were not made as works of art and were made solely for using at the table. 

The Market

Royal Worcester porcelain has remained some of the most sought after porcelain in the market over recent years.  In fact some has increased in value over the last ten years, bucking the trend for such decorative antiques.  

The painted porcelain is by far the most commercial and needs to be appreciated as a painting or work of art in its own right rather than just as ‘a vase’ or ‘a tea service’.  Royal Worcester employed some of the best artists of their time to create fantastic still life and landscape studies, each carefully placed on a very fine porcelain vase.

We can advise the value of your Royal Worcester porcelain and help you sell it too.  Rather than just advising the service of just one auction house we are able to advise where is best to sell your Royal Worcester porcelain to ensure you get the highest price possible.

Condition

The condition of your Royal Worcester is vital in order for a good selling price.  The best way to look for damage is with a very powerful LED torch.  If you shine this inside the item it will show any cracks or restored areas.  The condition of the gilding is important – if you can see a red colour coming through this is an indication that the original 22ct gold leaf has been worn away.

Blush Ivory 

Although Blush Ivory items still sell well, they do not make as much as the other painted wares.  Prices vary from £20-1,000 (very broadly speaking).  The painting on Blush Ivory items is in a much looser style and many pieces are not signed.  This does not stop the such items making high sums at auction but genearlly speaking the value of Blush Ivory items is much lower than the finely painted items. 

ROyal-Worcester-Vase

Signatures

Your piece of painted Royal Worcester porcelain should have a signature somewhere near the artwork if it is by one of the most respected painters.  You can see a list below with all of the most important  Royal Worcester painters.  If your piece is signed then it is a good indication it will have a substantial value. 

Other Marks

The marks on the base will help you date the item.  The number of dots around the mark will help you date it.  You can use THIS website to help date your Royal Worcester.  If there is a number on the base of your item then this will be the shape number rather than the date that the item was produced.  There should be no signatures on the base of any piece of Royal Worcester.

Value

It is not uncommon for painted Royal Worcester to make over £1,000 at auction.  The highest prices are reserved for vases, followed by tea service, bowls, plates and other small novelty items.  If you have an item you would like valued please get in touch.

As each piece is a unique work of art the value can vary from piece to piece depending on how the painting works on the shape of the item.  Some of the highest prices are reserved for the animal subjects with rare subjects like the puppies on the vase illustrated making considerably more than typical highland scenes.

Dinner Services & Other Tableware

Sadly there is no market for dinnerware or other utilitarian items.  These pieces were not made as works of art and were made solely for using at the table. 

ROYAL WORCESTER PAINTERS

Baldwyn, Charles
Active 1874–1909
Swans in flight and birds

Chair, Henry
Active 1872–1911
Thistles, poppies, orchids & festoons of roses

Davis, Harry
Active 1898–1970
Fish, sheep, landscapes, architecture

Evans, George
Active 1914–1955
Corot style landscapes

Hawkins, William
Active 1874-1928
Portraits, interiors and still life

Johnson, George
Active 1875–1914
Game birds, flying swans and farmyard scenes

Phillips, Ernest
Active 1890–1932
Neat flower groups and still life

Powell, William
Active 1900–1950
Small British birds

Roberts, Frank
Active 1872–1920
Flowers and fruit

Rushton, Frank R
Active 1900–1953
Landscapes, cottages and gardens

Salter, Edwin
Active 1876–1902
Landscapes and fish

Sebright, Richard
Active 1882–1946
Fruit

Stinton Jnr, John
Active 1902–1938
Landscapes, castles, cattle and Highland Cattle

Stinton, Harry
Active 1896–1963
Highland Cattle

Stinton, James
Active 1902–1951
Game Birds

FREE ROYAL WORCESTER VALUATIONS

Valuations

Are you looking for a valuation of your piece of Royal Worcester?  If so then we can help. 

Email details about your item to mark@marklittler.com or call us on 01270 440357

Alternatively, use the form to send us information about your item and we will reply with a valuation.

Selling Your Royal Worcester

We can help you sell your Royal Worcester and get the best possible price for it.  We sell both through auction and private sales, using the route which will earn you the most money.

For more information please look at our Services page.

Why use Mark Littler

  • Access to every auction house in the UK.
  • By selecting the auction house that is best suited to your items we significantly increase the final sale price.
  • Our private sales earn you on average 35% more than by selling at auction.
  • We handle everything on your behalf from valuation to sale.
  • We’re independent, so offer unbiased and impartial advice.

 

Online Valuation Form

Are you looking for a valuation of your Royal Worcester? If so then we can help.

Email details about your item to mark@marklittler.com or call us on 01270 440357

Alternatively, use the form to send us information about your item and we will reply with a valuation.

Online Valuation Form

 
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