BOW PORCELAIN

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The Bow Porcelain Factory was founded on the north side of Stratford High Street, then in the parish of Bow in London. In December 1744 a patent was granted to Edward Heylyn a merchant, and Thomas Frye, a portrait painter, stating that it was for a new method of manufacturing a material whereby a ware might be made of the same nature as china or porcelain. In November 1749 another patent was granted in the name of Frye alone. The factory was called New Canton and bills for purchases are known dated 1748 and 1749. The first printed advertisement appeared in August 1748. The factory made both "useful and ornamental china" in a vibrant blue-and-white. The porcelain paste contained a substantial amount of bone ash and was very heavy. Known pieces includes inkwells inscribed "Made at New Canton 1750". It also made tea wares, plates, jugs, mugs, and cutlery handles. White wares with prunus decoration in relief were inspired by the so-called "blanc-de-chine" made at Dehua in the Fujian (Fukien) province of China. The Japanese potters Kakiemon were also a source of inspiration - their "two quail pattern" was particularly popular. With European style subjects they copied botanic drawings, and painted flowers and birds in the style of Meissen and the Sevres porcelain factory. The Bow enamel blue is especially distinctive.

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BOW PORCELAIN (c.1745-1776)
Antique English Bow Porcelain Underglaze Blue Baluster Tankard, Circa 1760-70.
The Antique English Bow factory porcelain bell-shaped mug with loop handle is painted in an underglaze blue with flowering shrubs below a lattice b...
£2,300
Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc.
BOW PORCELAIN (c.1745-1776)
Antique English Bow Porcelain Underglaze Blue Trompe L'oeil Leaf Dishes, Circa 1...
Antique English Bow Porcelain Underglaze Blue Trompe L'oeil Leaf Dishes, Circa 1765 The moulded and painted trompe l'oeil Bow porcelain dishes...
US$3,500
Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc.
BOW PORCELAIN (c.1745-1776)
Bow Childrens Games Mug
An extremely rare Bow cylindrical Mug with grooved strap handle, printed in iron red with Childrens Games including Blind Mans Buff, Battledore and...
£8,750
Steppes Hill Farm Antiques Ltd
BOW PORCELAIN (c.1745-1776)
Bow Figure of a Shepherd Piper
A fine Bow figure of a Shepherd Piper depicting a young Shepherd Boy standing on a scroll moulded base, playing a pipe with a lamb by his side. ...
£2,250
Steppes Hill Farm Antiques Ltd
BOW PORCELAIN (c.1745-1776)
Bow figure of a shepherdess & lamb, c. 1765
Bow figure of a shepherdess & lamb, modelled standing dressed in beautifully detailed costume, a large water bottle to one side, a multi-strand gol...
AU$ 1,850
Moorabool Antique Galleries
BOW PORCELAIN (c.1745-1776)
Bow figure of Harlequin playing bagpipes, C. 1765
Rare Bow figure of Harlequin playing the bagpipes, modelled after a Meissen original by Kaendler, shown seated on a tree stump with scattered flowe...
AU$ 5,450
Moorabool Antique Galleries
BOW PORCELAIN (c.1745-1776)
Bow Oval Dish
Bow oval dish previously in the Steele and Garnett Collection and the Barbara Leake Collection.
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Mary Wise Antiques