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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1751 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bow Porcelain Factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain, painted in underglaze blue

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr J. Riley

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 1, shelf 8

Physical description

Dish of shallow circular form, the soft-paste porcelain with a slightly blue glaze. On low footrim of square section. The decoration is in the Chinese style, painted in vivid underglaze blue. In the centre is a Chinese scroll decorated with flowering shrubs and a band of diaper at one end. On either side of the scroll are painted stylised branches with blossom and Chinese emblems. A border of diaper broken by four cartouches with stylised fruit and foliage runs around the rim. Underneath the rim are painted three long twigs.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca. 1751 (made)


Bow Porcelain Factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain, painted in underglaze blue

Marks and inscriptions

Bears a label marked 'Bow, highly phosphatic. Tested by D.A. MacAlister Dec. 1928'


Diameter: 35.3 cm

Object history note

From the collection of the late Aubrey Toppin, sold at Sotheby's on 19 May 1970, lot 40.

Descriptive line

Dish, soft-paste porcelain, painted in underglaze blue, Bow Porcelain Factory, England (London), ca. 1751

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

For another of this pattern, see Anton Gabszewicz, Bow Porcelain: the Collection formed by Geoffrey Freeman (1982), cat. 67 (where dated ca. 1749-52)


Soft paste porcelain; Cobalt oxide


Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Diaper-work; Fruit; Twigs


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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