Royal Worcester’s Evesham Pattern was introduced in 1961 as the beginning of a new trend for more informal dining that was to bring the humble casserole dish from the kitchen to the dining table. Evesham, named after the local fruit-growing region near Worcester, was Royal Worcester’s best-selling brand of the late 20th century.
The original painted fruit sprays were painted by Professor Baker, Ronald van Ruyckevelt, Peter Ewence and other members of the team in the Royal Worcester Design Department.
Apples, pears, cherries, damsons and blackberries were just a few of the colourful fruit sprays developed. These original designs were then faithfully reproduced using an eighteenth century technique in which lithographic stones were painstakingly engraved to reveal an impression of the original artwork for transfer to the porcelain. The artwork was reproduced in 26 colours using lithographic prints and items were finished with hand applied gilding. The rich fruit pattern was immediately popular and the number of items in the Evesham range was gradually extended.
Public demand for porcelain to use in the microwave inspired the introduction of Evesham Vale, which has a green rather than gold edging, in 1987.
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