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  • Place of origin:

    Bow (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1753-1755 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bow Porcelain Factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr Wallace Elliot

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case A, shelf 3

Physical description

Figure of a Thames waterman wearing the fouled anchor badge of the Admiralty barge on his outstretched left arm. He is standing, wearing a yellow coat with pink lining, black breeches, pink-lined black cap and lavender neck-tie. Plain white mound base with tree stump.

Place of Origin

Bow (made)


ca. 1753-1755 (made)


Bow Porcelain Factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilt


Height: 20.3 cm

Object history note

London, Hyam, 1928. From the Dr. Bellamy Gardner Collection. Exhibited at the Chelsea China Exhibition June 1924. See "The Cheyne Book of Chelsea China & Pottery", no. 167, p. 50, pl. 6.

In 1715 Thomas Doggett, the comedian, founded the coat and badge as a prize to be rowed for by the Thames watermen, on August 1st annually, between London Bridge and the Old Swan at Chelsea, in commemoration of the accession of George I. The actual silver badge bears the White Hanoverian Horse.

Descriptive line

Figure of a Thames waterman, soft-paste porcelain, painted in enamels and gilt, Bow Porcelain Factory, Bow, ca. 1753-1755.

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

Starkey, David. Royal River. Power Pageantry and the Thames. London, 2012. 63,75,177, 209 pp, ill. ISBN 978-1-85759-700-4


Soft paste porcelain; Enamel


Painted; Gilt

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Porcelain; Figures & Decorative ceramics


Ceramics Collection

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