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Pot-pourri vase and cover

Pot-pourri vase and cover

  • Place of origin:

    Bow (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1765 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bow Porcelain Factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Given by E. F. Broderip, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 1, shelf 6 []

Physical description

Pot-pourri vase and cover of soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels. Covered with applied flowers and foliage in full relief with painted insects and forget-me-nots in low relief.

Place of Origin

Bow (made)


ca. 1765 (made)


Bow Porcelain Factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels


Height: 27.9 cm, Diameter: 14.3 cm

Object history note

Bow factory
Active around 1747 to 1764 and closed in 1776.
Was a rival to Chelsea.
Designs imitated imported Chinese and Japanese porcelains as well as what Chelsea was making.
They also copied Meissen figures, either directly from Meissen pieces or from Chelsea copies of.

Bow body:
Warm, creamy, glassy and the glaze is ivory.

Thomas Frye and Edward Heylyn filed patents in 1745 (Dec. 1744) and in 1749 (1 Nov.1748), both regarding the use of kaolin.
It does seem that any pieces were made before 1749.
In 1753 they were advertising for painters and modellers.
Earliest Bow pieces are soft-past, incorporating bone ash which thus forms a phosphatic body which is a precursor of bone china.
By 1758 were employing 300 people.
In 1776, the factory was sold to William Duesbury and all the moulds were transferred to Derby.

Descriptive line

Pot-pourri vase and cover of soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels, Bow Porcelain Factory, Bow, ca. 1765


Soft paste porcelain



Subjects depicted

Flowers; Insects; Masks; Foliage; Bird


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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