Under the Bells of Bow
Last month I wrote in Homes & Antiques about the Chelsea factory, and this month I am moving across London to Bow, its sister factory that was so different, yet so interlinked. It is also closer to home, as my stockroom is just a few miles up the river from Bow - if I lean out of my window I can see the site where all these beautiful items were produced more than 250 years ago!
The Bow factory brought some very important innovations to British porcelain, and unlike Chelsea, which served mostly the wealthy upper class and Royals, it produced huge quantities of modest table ware for the middle class, such as the coffee cup you see here. But of course what is most stunning is their ornamental pieces, and you can see some of their beautiful figures here in the pictures.
Like with the Chelsea pieces, I don't often have the opportunity of buying up pieces as they are very rare, hard to find in good condition and expensive. But I was lucky enough to find this little coffee cup here to inspire me while writing the article - but no it is not for sale, as I love it too much!!
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Where to find things
I currently don't have any Bow items in the shop - the few that I had were sold quickly. But I keep adding new additions to my shop every week and you can find them here. If you always want to see the latest additions, follow me on Instagram... I post pictures and a story every single day.
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Happy weekend, and listen out for the bells of Bow! 🔔 🔔 🔔
This week's new treasures: