In 1751, the first Worcester Porcelaine factory was founded by a group of 15 men, headed by Dr. John Wall, an eminent physician. Dr. Wall and his partners developed their method for producing porcelain and then persuaded a group of 13 local businessmen to back their discovery with an investment in a new factory at Warmstry House. The secret of porcelain production was to be the property of the shareholders and each agreed to a penalty of £ 4000 should they disclose knowledge of the secret to anyone. The original partnership deeds are still housed in the Worcester Museum.
The Wedgwood is a famous British pottery company, originally founded by Josiah Wedgwood c1795, the thirteenth child of an impoverished potter, and possibly the most famous name ever associated with pottery.Wedgwood merged with Waterford Crystal in 1987 to become Waterford Wedgwood. The factory was a pioneer of new products such as those modelled by William Greatbach, and coloured with lead glazes developed by Josiah Wedgwood during his partnership with the Staffordshire potter Thomas Whieldon.
Perfected the fabulous blue ceramic stoneware or jasperware decorated with white relief that antique Wedgwood pottery is most known for today.
Don’t be shocked by the extravagance and cost of the caddies on this page – tea was once so expensive that it was drunk only in the wealthiest homes, and the caddies for storing this precious commodity were intended as objects for display as much as for storage.
Caddies were usually kept in the drawing room; some had detachable caps for measuring the tea, while others were even fitted with lock and key to protect their precious contents from dishonest servants!
Bisque dolls, with heads made from unglazed, tinted porcelain, are among the most elaborate and valuable of all collector’s dolls. The finest French bisques, made by leading makers such as Jumeau, Bru, Gaultier and Steiner, were expensive status symbols even when first made, and remained very much the province of pampered children from the most affluent homes.