This is a well-known piece of Lowestoft porcelain and one of exceptional interest.

The number '5' on the base is traditionally associated with Robert Allen one of the most prolific and accomplished of the factory's painters. The bowl is interesting in being securely documented and unique in design, based on an engraving by Hollar, entitled 'Chinese Priests and Monks'. Many Lowestoft pieces have chinoiserie decoration, but the choice of subject and detailed treatment here are without parallel.


Mr and Mrs Drake, Great Yarmouth

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Castle Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JU
01603 493625

Opening times

  • Monday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm
  • Sunday 1-4.30pm

(1 July – 23 September 2019 open until 5pm)

  • Closed on 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
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