Porcelain Blush Ivory

BlushIvory tableware collection from the late 19th to early 20th centuries, Royal Worcester.
BlushIvory tableware collection from the late 19th to early 20th centuries, Royal Worcester.

Porcelain production experienced an extraordinary boom towards the end of the 19th century. Here and there, new companies producing porcelain products arose, offering customers hitherto unprecedented forms in the style of the emerging Art Nouveau, unusually bright colors and iridescent glazes. Porcelain manufacturers, who had a long history behind them, did not lag behind them. One of the oldest English companies, Royal Worcester, developed a line of porcelain products in the late 1890s, which is now called Blush Ivory. Its distinctive feature is an ivory-colored background, tinted in places with a pinkish tint and decorated with floral decor in a delicate watercolor palette.

Blush Ivory tea service, Royal Worcester, circa 1895.
Blush Ivory tea service, Royal Worcester, circa 1895.
Blush Ivory vase painted with roses, Royal Worcester, circa 1904.
Blush Ivory vase painted with roses, Royal Worcester, circa 1904.

The Blush Ivory range had become so successful by 1900 that the Royal Worcester factory was using the decor on virtually every plate it had previously produced, including Indian, Persian, Japanese, or even the classical and renaissance designs that were originally were developed for other style directions.

Pair of Japanese style vases with square handles surmounted by a frog over flowering lilies and rushes, height 16.6 cm, Royal Worcester, 1881.
Pair of Japanese style vases with square handles surmounted by a frog over flowering lilies and rushes, height 16.6 cm, Royal Worcester, 1881.
Vase in Persian style, height 49.6 cm, Royal Worcester, 1890.
Vase in Persian style, height 49.6 cm, Royal Worcester, 1890.

The original compositions were created by artists Edward Raby and Frank Roberts. Their designs were then hand-engraved onto copper plates from which stencils of the designs were printed.

Blush Ivory porcelain was produced until about 1914, complemented by more elaborate paintings of landscapes and pastoral subjects.

Ottoman style vase, height 34 cm, Royal Worcester, late 19th century.
Ottoman style vase, height 34 cm, Royal Worcester, late 19th century.
Jardiniere with Rococo Satyr Masks, length 40 cm, Royal Worcester, 1895.
Jardiniere with Rococo Satyr Masks, length 40 cm, Royal Worcester, 1895.
Italian Renaissance jug, height 40 cm, Royal Worcester, 1887.
Italian Renaissance jug, height 40 cm, Royal Worcester, 1887.
Sometimes the outline of the design was emphasized with gold and details were highlighted for greater expressiveness.
Sometimes the outline of the design was emphasized with gold and details were highlighted for greater expressiveness.
Vase with lid, height 24 cm, painted by Edward Raby, Royal Worcester, 1898.
Vase with lid, height 24 cm, painted by Edward Raby, Royal Worcester, 1898.
Tazza in Rococo style, height 11 cm, painted by Edward Raby, Royal Worcester, 1892.
Tazza in Rococo style, height 11 cm, painted by Edward Raby, Royal Worcester, 1892.
Persian style vase with openwork lid, painted by Edward Raby, height 46 cm, Royal Worcester, 1887.
Persian style vase with openwork lid, painted by Edward Raby, height 46 cm, Royal Worcester, 1887.
Persian style vase with openwork neck, painted by Edward Raby, height 36 cm, Royal Worcester, 1887.
Persian style vase with openwork neck, painted by Edward Raby, height 36 cm, Royal Worcester, 1887.
Jug with a handle in the form of intertwined snakes, height 32 cm, Royal Worcester, 1899.
Jug with a handle in the form of intertwined snakes, height 32 cm, Royal Worcester, 1899.
Vase with mask handles in the Renaissance style, height 49 cm, Royal Worcester, 1900.
Vase with mask handles in the Renaissance style, height 49 cm, Royal Worcester, 1900.
Pair of vases with floral painting, height 27 cm, Royal Worcester, 1898.
Pair of vases with floral painting, height 27 cm, Royal Worcester, 1898.
Potpourri vase, height 45 cm, Royal Worcester, 1906.
Potpourri vase, height 45 cm, Royal Worcester, 1906.
Jardiniere, height 38 cm, Royal Worcester, 1899
Jardiniere, height 38 cm, Royal Worcester, 1899
Vase in the classical style, depicting sheep among heather, painted by Harry Davis, height 33 cm, Royal Worcester, 1911.
Vase in the classical style, depicting sheep among heather, painted by Harry Davis, height 33 cm, Royal Worcester, 1911.
Classic style vase with two handles and lid, height 38 cm, Royal Worcester, 1902.
Classic style vase with two handles and lid, height 38 cm, Royal Worcester, 1902.
Vase with two handles, painted with a bouquet of poppies and cornflowers, height 31 cm, Royal Worcester, 1902.
Vase with two handles, painted with a bouquet of poppies and cornflowers, height 31 cm, Royal Worcester, 1902.
Two jugs, height 15 cm, Royal Worcester.
Two jugs, height 15 cm, Royal Worcester.
Vase with two handles, painted with chrysanthemums, height 23 cm, Royal Worcester, late 19th century.
Vase with two handles, painted with chrysanthemums, height 23 cm, Royal Worcester, late 19th century.
Vase with griffin handles, painted with chrysanthemums, height 35 cm, Royal Worcester, 1897.
Beautiful vase with griffin handles, painted with chrysanthemums, height 35 cm, Royal Worcester, 1897.
Vase in the shape of an Indian rosewater vessel, height 43 cm, Royal Worcester, 1892.
Vase in the shape of an Indian rosewater vessel, height 43 cm, Royal Worcester, 1892.
Vase (painted by Kitty Blake) and jug Blush Ivory, height 14 and 20 cm, Royal Worcester.
Vase (painted by Kitty Blake) and jug Blush Ivory, height 14 and 20 cm, Royal Worcester.
Blush Ivory plate, hand painted lake scenery, diameter 23.5 cm, Royal Worcester, 1901.
Blush Ivory plate, hand painted lake scenery, diameter 23.5 cm, Royal Worcester, 1901.
Vase on a pedestal with molded masks, painted with thistles and mushrooms, height 29 cm, Royal Worcester, 1903.
Vase on a pedestal with molded masks, painted with thistles and mushrooms, height 29 cm, Royal Worcester, 1903.
Vase of Sheep on a Misty Hillside, painted by Harry Davies, h 28 cm, Royal Worcester, 1909.
Vase of Sheep on a Misty Hillside, painted by Harry Davies, h 28 cm, Royal Worcester, 1909.
Shell shaped bowl, Royal Worcester, late 19th century.
Shell shaped bowl, Royal Worcester, late 19th century.
Pair of vases depicting pheasants in a wood, painted by J. Stinton, height 50.5 cm, Royal Worcester, 1903.
Pair of vases depicting pheasants in a wood, painted by J. Stinton, height 50.5 cm, Royal Worcester, 1903.
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