The British Museum collection of French Porcelain numbers almost three hundred pieces. In 1897 A.W. Franks bequeathed to the Museum a wide variety of soft- and hard-paste porcelains, ranging in date from the beginnings of French manufacturing activity to Franks' later years. This illustrated catalogue includes descriptions and discussions of many pieces which had never before been published, as well as histories of over thirty Parisian and provincial porcelain factories. These accounts are the first to appear in English for several decades and incorporate much research from French sources, together with a full bibliography.