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Words: William Gregory MRICS, Golding Young Thos Mawer
Featured in the December 2011 issue

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The production of Worcester porcelain began in 1751.  Through its evolution, with the formation of The Royal Worcester Company in 1862, the name ‘Worcester’ has produced some of the finest ceramics which collectors have sought and admired throughout the 260-year history.

Due to constantly changing and adapting to fashion, new techniques and commercial pressures, the company has left an amazing legacy, from early blue and white wares influenced by the Far East and fine porcelain and china decorated by famous artists such as Harry Davies and Charles Baldwyn to finely modelled figures by Dorothy Doughty. 

Within this tradition, the works of modeller and artist Miss Doris Lindner now feature. Born in South Wales in 1896 she was formally trained at St Martin’s School of Art before joining The Royal Worcester Company, where her first individual model was produced in 1930/1931. Her passion and influence was for animals, especially the horse. She spent much time depicting the flow of movement and strength of her subjects. This confidence and attention to detail resulted in a number of spectacular works produced after the Second World War. Many of these were produced in limited edition form, sometimes as few as 100 but more typically 500 or 750. The demand for her work in the 1960s and ‘70s along with the many important commissions she undertook confirmed her place within the long tradition of fine porcelain production at Worcester. This appreciation has grown since her death in 1979 and with the advent of internet auction techniques her works are in constant demand across the world.

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