George III Design

The prestigious new George III Collection is a celebration of our heritage as well as a statement of the unique role that luxury ceramics still play in our modern world. It was during the reign of King George III that Robert Chamberlain established what became the Royal Porcelain Works and his own name as one of the most eminent brands of the period. Undoubtedly a connoisseur of fine ceramics, King George visited Chamberlain’s premises in Worcester in 1788, as part of an itinerary centred on this historic city that included the Three Choirs Festival, Hartlebury Castle and Croome.

Robert Chamberlain worked hard to develop his business, from the day he left Dr Wall’s factory in the 1780s in order to produce china under his own name. Initially buying white ware from other factories to decorate, Chamberlain soon began to produce his own china and before long was creating pieces of extraordinary complexity, size and beauty. The Georgian era was known for the splendour and extravagance of its decoration, not least for the magnificent ceramic wares that were created as the great porcelain companies showed off their technical mastery and artistic excellence, and Chamberlain was at the forefront.

Worcester Ceramics

It is in honour of that pioneering spirit that Chamberlain & Co developed the George III Collection, once again pushing at the boundaries of what is possible in design, manufacture and decoration. The pieces in the range were all inspired by classic shapes of the Georgian and Regency periods, re-interpreted for our modern age. The crowning glory of the collection, the Witley Vase, at 85cm in height tests the very limits of what is possible to make using traditional techniques. 

Three decorative designs feature across the collection, each inspired by the Georgian period with its elegance and richness, and the wonderful heritage of English and Worcestershire ceramics. In adapting these classic designs for the modern age, Chamberlain's designers sought to recapture the exuberance, warmth and feeling of human artistry that is so often lost in today’s world of computerised design and production.

Hand Painted Florals

There is a real flavour of the English countryside in the delicate, curving boughs and foliage of Regency Scroll, while the flower motif within the panel reflects contemporary textiles as well as china decoration. The oval cartouches feature delicate hand-painted flowers that complement the main floral displays, though can of course also be used to surround a design element of your choice, perhaps a favourite flower or bird. The rich colour of the border and delicate tracery of gold give Regency Scroll a timeless elegance, classic yet contemporary.

The rich colour of the border of Antique Gadroon is complemented by the intricate ornamentation around its inner edge, its motifs of flowers and stars so redolent of the period and the pieces that inspired it. The flower designs, painted entirely by hand, are typical of the magnificent decoration of flora and fauna to be found on wares of the Georgian era, and their vivid, lifelike colours a delightful celebration of the splendours of nature.

Chamberlain Star features a delicate design of flowers and stars, typical of textiles and fabrics of the period, as well as of ceramics such as the fine Chamberlain pieces of the 1800s that provided so much inspiration for this pattern. The decorative border provides the perfect setting for our beautiful hand-painted floral motifs, featuring such favourite blooms as camellias, passion flowers, old-fashioned roses, hollyhocks, tulips, pansies and auriculas.

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