Pot-Pourri Vase and Cover

ca. 1765 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Vase
  • Cover
Materials and Techniques
Soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels
Brief Description
Pot-pourri vase and cover of soft-paste porcelain painted with enamels, Bow Porcelain Factory, Bow, ca. 1765
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 27.9cm
  • Diameter: 14.3cm
Credit line
Given by E. F. Broderip, Esq.
Object history
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.

Subjects depicted
Collection
Accession Number
C.653&A-1925

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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