Bow Porcelain Factory - (Ceramics Porcelain)

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Bow Porcelain Factory - (Ceramics, Porcelain) The usual date to which the foundation of the Bow porcelain factory is assigned is 1744 and the co-founders are named as Thomas Frye and Edward Heylin, but no porcelain is known to survive from this early period. From 1749 porcelain with bone-ash in the body was produced, often decorated in relief and showing Oriental influences. The early paste is soft, thick, heavy; the products of Bow are much less fine than those of Chelsea; but many figures are lively and their very lack of sophistication finds favor with collectors today. The first use of transfer-printed decoration is often attributed to Bow, but examples are rare. From 1760 onwards a decline set in, there is a greyness about the paste, decoration got out of hand and figures lack the liveliness that is an attribute of Bow at its best.


Bow, Chelsea, and Derby porcelain: being further information relating to these factories, obtained from original documents, not hitherto publishedBow, Chelsea, and Derby porcelain: being further information relating to these factories, obtained from original documents, not hitherto published

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