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Geoffrey Freeman Collection of Bow Porcelain

The Geoffrey Freeman Collection of Bow Porcelain is probably the most comprehensive record of the output of this London factory, consisting of over 300 key examples produced between the years 1747 and 1776.

The Geoffrey Freeman Collection of Bow Porcelain is probably the most comprehensive record of the output of this London factory, consisting of over 300 key examples produced between the years 1747 and 1776. Freeman began collecting late in his life with the sole intention of developing a historically important body of work, undertaking extensive research and co-authoring a book on the subject. The Bow Factory was the largest in England and the first to specifically produce porcelain, aiming to compete with Chinese and European imports. Its output would have been used in households such as Pallant House and the collection was loaned to the Gallery and subsequently offered as a bequest on the death of Freeman’s widow Norah in 1999.