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Porcelain Jug. A Bow factory helmet-shaped jug of soft paste porcelain, decorated in underglaze blue with a dragon pattern. The Bow Porcelain factory was founded by Thomas Frye at Stratford in 1747, with his partner, Edward Heylen. Bow porcelain was created to compete with the popular imported oriental porcelain. Unlike London's other main porcelain factory of the time at Chelsea, Bow focused on wares for everyday use such as cups and bowls. These were decorated in blue and white patterns imitating oriental designs. Thomas Frye died in 1762 and without his driving force and energy, quality slipped. Production at Bow continued for another 13 years but towards the end products were underfired and lacked their earlier translucence and in 1776 the works closed.
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