The History of Bone China

Bone china has been described as a “ware with a translucent body” and it’s highly admired for its beauty, but where did it come from?

Bone china is the finer way to dine, and as country chic fashion becomes more and more of a returning trend, the demand for bone china increases in households across Britain.  The want for beautiful bone china is the country’s yearning desire to bring back nostalgic settings and our kitsch past. 

But where did bone china come from, what’s the meaning behind such delicate designs and how can we tell the difference against other porcelain tableware?

How to Look for Bone China

Bone china is a type of soft-paste porcelain and has been described by many as having a “translucent body”.  Containing a minimum of 30% phosphate which comes from element found in animal bone, bone china (so appropriately named) has a wonderful sheer appearance to it and the shine is just spectacular.

Bone china can also be detected against other porcelain products because of its pristine whiteness and incredible shine.  The reason why bone china is so popular amongst luxury diners is because of its strength and resistance against chips. 

The Birth of Bone China

Thomas Frye first created bone china in 1748, in his well known Bow porcelain factory and he established a name for his work through what he called “fine porcelain”.  Although at the time, this superior porcelain which was made from animal bones was such a breath of fresh to the porcelain industry, there was no immediate commercial success. 

It wasn’t until years later that the bone china industry really started to blossom.  To this day, the industry is still exclusively a British product, and today people recognise bone china due to its high strength and translucent appearance. 

So if you are looking for a finer way to dine, choose the strong and stunning bone china. Be proud to be British and support something that’s a big part of our heritage. 

Welcoming Bone China to Procook!

Here at Procook, we are delighted to introduce the arrival of a beautiful bone china collection.  Take a look at our brand new bone china collection and celebrate a vital part of English history.