Earthenware plate made by Bow China Works

Made by Bow China Works in England, c. 1760.

Decorated with scenes of Chinese pagodas, bridges and fishermen, this plate was made in about 1760 by Bow, one of the largest porcelain factories in England. Bow was well-known for its ‘blue-and-white’ wares that were designed in an oriental style of a blue ground with white reserves. This piece is from the range that copied early eighteenth-century Chinese porcelain, though other varieties employed Japanese-inspired motifs.

The Bow porcelain factory was established in 1744 along the Bow River...


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Physical Description

Plate, earthenware, made by Bow China Works, England, c. 1760

A round, white earthenware plate with a scalloped edge and a cobalt blue ground. The white, central reserve is painted with a blue chinoiserie scene of a house, a pagoda, trees and a small figure in a boat. Around the edge are eight white reserves painted with blue chinoiserie scenes of flowers, pagodas and a moonlit lake. The white underside of the plate has three blue branch like decorations.



32 mm



English porcelain factory, Bow, made this plate in around 1760 in the oriental style of a blue ground with white reserves. The 'blue-and-white' decoration was achieved by sprinkling a pigment evenly onto the biscuit surface after masking the areas that were to remain white. The body was then glazed and fired at a high temperature that transformed the pigment into an intense shade of blue. English factories were rarely able to achieve the crisp contrasts that Chinese porcelain makers created with such mastery. Instead, their works often showed blue staining along the edges of the white reserves.


Bow China Works c. 1760



This plate was transferred to the Powerhouse Museum in 1998 as part of the collection that Annie Maria Gillies (Mrs Sinclair Gillies) bequeathed to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1953. This collection consisted of around 191 objects, including important examples of eighteenth-century English furniture and porcelain. The Gallery never accessioned these items, and decided to sell the majority in 1997, transferring a portion to the Powerhouse Museum.


Art Gallery of New South Wales


Credit Line

Transfer from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1998 Bequest of Annie Maria Gillies, 1953

Acquisition Date

15 September, 2005

Cite this Object


Earthenware plate made by Bow China Works 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 January 2018, <>


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