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Sauce boat: C.15-1992

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain sauceboat, moulded and decorated in polychrome enamels in famille rose style

Soft-paste porcelain sauceboat, painted in enamel-colours in famille rose style. The boat stands on an oval foot, its body is moulded in relief with scrolls and garlands, and its handle with projecting scrolls. On each side there are one small and two large floral sprays, and on the foot, four single flowers. In the middle of the interior there are three scattered flowers, and a spray. Round the rim there is a diaper border broken by three panels containing a flower, and one containing a leaf.


History note: Collection of the late Dr Hugh Statham (1895-1967) and Mrs Margaret Statham (d. 1970); lent anonymously in 1970 by their daughter, Miss Beryl Statham (d. 1990) by whom bequeathed

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Miss Statham, accepted by H.M.Government in 1990 in lieu of Inheritance Tax, and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.3 cm
Length: 22 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (1992) by H.M. Government


Mid 18th Century
George II
Production date: circa AD 1752


The shape was based on a silver prototype. Paul de Lamerie had introduced silver sauceboats decorated with cast festoons of flowers in the 1730s. Bow sauceboats with dragon handles and bodies moulded with festoons of fruit were also based on a silver prototype.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( puce, yellow, green, and blue)

Materials used in production

containing bone ash Soft-paste porcelain
presumed lead Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded and decorated in famille rose style in polychrome enamels

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.15-1992
Primary reference Number: 118639
Old object number: Statham Loan 8-1970
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 11 November 2022 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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