The Bowles Collection of 18th-Century English and French Porcelain

The Bowles Porcelain Gallery has been a much-loved component of the Legion of Honor for many years. A favorite project of the museums founder, Alma Spreckels, it shows an array of porcelain and pottery from England and continental Europe with a strong emphasis on the 18th century.

The Porcelain Gallery has recently reopened following an extensive renovation in 2009. The front section of the gallery is now devoted exclusively to the story of English porcelain, from the early days of the Chelsea factory to the widespread production of Worcester. The back section now has the story of continental porcelain and pottery.  Highlights include the Bowles collection of Chantilly, as well as Meissen, Sèvres, and maiolica made in Renaissance Italy.

Adjacent to the gallery is the Porcelain Study Room, which provides additional resources and research materials.

Porcelain Gallery Tour

Enjoy the virtual tour of Bowles Porcelain Gallery below thanks to generous funding by Constance Bowles Peabody.

You can also download the tour for use on an iPod, iPhone, or other smartphone.