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Bow Porcelain I

Shell Dish

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Shell Dish
Shell dish, soft-paste Mg-P composition, regarded as false Limehouse (private collection). This shell dish is part of a group of soft-paste wares which have been grouped with Limehouse for the last 25 years based on decorative idioms which appear to conform with that factory. The porcelain body has ~ 12 wt% MgO and ~ 8 wt% P2O5 with low PbO. The glaze is a moderate lead-bearing glaze with 18.5 wt% PbO. When one considers archaeology, composition, and historical documents we now regard this shell dish not to be of Limehouse derivation as set out in our recent publication (Ramsay, Daniels, and Ramsay, 2015). On this basis there are two alternative factories that one must look to, based on our current knowledge, as an attribution for this shell dish. The first is Bow prior to mid-1746 and the second is Lund's Bristol. Predicated on our joint work with Pat Daniels regarding the dating and attribution of the George II busts and historical wall brackets we would contend that such soft-paste look-alike Limehouse wares can be attributed to Bow. If we are correct, then there is a significant body of wares, which for the last 25 years has been misattributed to Limehouse.
Posted on February 20, 2016



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