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Bow Porcelain I

Large Octagonal Plate

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Large Octagonal Plate
Large octagonal plate, Limehouse, England, c. 1746-47. Si-Al-Ca porcelain. Fitzwilliam, Cambridge. Micro-sampling of a range of porcelain items has been able to match compositionally a number of Limehouse wares to compositions derived from sherds recovered from the archaeological excavation of that factory site. In addition, current sampling has been able to extend the Limehouse compositional output and propose a compositional stratigraphy for that potworks. As noted by Ian Freestone, the vagaries of archaeological sampling may have to date provided us with a skewed representation of compositions produced at Limehouse. Of note is that the decoration around the border of this platter is almost certainly by the same artist, who provided the internal decoration to the alleged "fake" Lund's Bristol sauceboat shown on this Gallery page. Finally we note that claims in the literature to be able to attribute ceramic items to Limehouse based on the appearance of the porcelain body or the nature of the glaze may have little substance unless it is clearly stated which of the three Limehouse bodies recognised to date the comparison is being made against.
Posted on January 26, 2013



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