Royal Worcester was established in 1751 and is believed to be the oldest or second oldest remaining English porcelain brand still in existence today (this is disputed by Royal Crown Derby, which claims 1750 as its year of establishment). Part of the Portmeirion Group since 2009, Royal Worcester remains in the luxury tableware and giftware market, although production in Worcester itself has ended.
Technically, the Worcester Royal Porcelain Co. Ltd. (known as Royal Worcester) was formed in 1862, and wares produced before that time are known as Worcester porcelain, although the company had a royal warrant from 1788. The enterprise has followed the pattern of other leading English porcelain brands, with increasing success during the 18th and 19th centuries, then a gradual decline during the 20th century, especially the latter half.
In the 20th century, Royal Worcester’s most popular pattern has been “Evesham Gold”, first offered in 1961, depicting the autumnal fruits of the Vale of Evesham with fine gold banding on an “oven to table” body.
Agnes Pinder Davis
A well known and well respected artist/designer in the 1930s. She produced countless designs for ceramic firms such as Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester and Crown Staffordshire, specialising in tea and dinner services as well as figures in what we would now term as ‘Art Deco’ or ‘modern’ styles. She was also very active as an interior designer, and went on to complete work on passenger liners the Queen Mary, the Queen Elizabeth, Mauretania II and Caronia, amongst others.