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Inkpot; soft-paste porcelain; thickly potted; cylindrical with raised rim round well and five pen-holes; painted in green, blue, pink, yellow, purple, orange, green and brown with 'banded hedge' pattern and group of stylised oriental flowers; inscription on top between two bands of stylised ornament in pink; flat base with several small splashes of glaze.
- Production date
Diameter: 8.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Dawson 1987
In his account of the Bow factory written on the inside of the cardboard box made for the Craft bowl (Porcelain Cat. I 62) and dated 1790 Thomas Craft stated 'the Model of the Building was taken from that at Canton in China' (the full transcription is given in the Bow Exhibition Catalogue, 1959, no. 112). The name 'New Canton' continued in use in 1751, as attested by a dated inkpot in the Victoria and Albert Museum, and probably for several years longer on the evidence of a 'weekly account of bisket ware made at New Canton' dated 1754, which was quoted by Llewellynn Jewitt in 'The Ceramic Art of Great Britain', London, 1878, Vol. I, p. 208.
Two other coloured Bow inkpots dated 1750 are known: one in the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, the other in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Literature: H. Tait, 'The Bow Factory under Alderman Arnold and Thomas Frye (1747-1759)' Transactions of the English Ceramic Circle, Vol. 5, part 4 (1963), pl. 189b and p. 213.
- On display (G46/dc22)
- Exhibition history
1987 Jun 10-Jun 15, London, International Ceramics Fair and Seminar Ltd, 'International Ceramics Fair and Seminar'
1959/60 Oct-Apr, London, British Museum, 'Bow Porcelain 1744-1776', cat. compiled by H. Tait, no. 9
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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