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.