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An image of Abess seated reading the divine office by Bow
Alternate image of Abess seated reading the divine office by Bow

Bow

(England 1744 – 1776)

Title
Abess seated reading the divine office
Year
circa 1760
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
soft-paste porcelain
Dimensions

14.7 x 10.4 x 12.5 cm

Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.90
Location
18th c European porcelain
Further information

Along with other English factories such as Chelsea, Derby, Longton Hall and Liverpool, Bow produced a number of figures of catholic monks and nuns based on prototypes modelled at Meissen by Kändler. The present figure of an abbess was issued with a companion of a novice holding a large holy book in both hands. The same figure could also be adapted as a monk.

Bibliography (1)

Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 50 (colour illus.). cat.no. 54