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Sauce boat: EC.16-1941

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain sauceboat, moulded with garlands of fruit and flowers in relief, and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels.

Soft-paste porcelain sauceboat, moulded, and painted in yellow, green, blue, pink, and black enamels. The oval sauceboat, of silver shape, has a curved spout and S-Scroll handle. The body is relief-moulded with garlands of fruit and flowers, and stands on a separate moulded flared base with C-scrolls, and alternate putto and goat masks in relief. The interior is painted with a spray of chrysanthemum, and the outside with scattered sprigs and insects. The handle, rim, and foot are outlined in black.


History note: Dr Bellamy Gardner; sold Sotheby's, 12 June 1941, Catalogue of the celebrated collection of Chelsea Porcelain, English Ceramics, and Enamels. The Property of Dr and Mrs Bellamy Gardner, lot 21

Legal notes

Given by the National Art Collections Fund as Trustee of the R.S. Cochrane Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.6 cm
Length: 18.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1941-06-12) by National Art Collections Fund


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1745 - Circa 1749


The flower painting is in a famille-rose palette, but is more reminiscent of that on Kakiemon porcelain from Arita in Japan.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, pink, and black)

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded with garlands of fruit and flowers in relief, and painted overglaze in polychrome enamels.
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: a triangle
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised into base under the glaze
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.16-1941
Primary reference Number: 118334
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 August 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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