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Sauce boat: C.102-1950

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain sauceboat, moulded with overlapping vine leaves and painted overglaze in enamels

Sauceboat. Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and painted overglaze in puce, yellow, and two shades of green enamel. The oval body is moulded with serrated edges, and stands on an oval foot. The S-shaped handle is moulded with intertwined ribbons, and with two bunches of grapes with leaves and tendrils which overlap onto the interior. The underside of the boat is also moulded with veining beneath the applied foot. The vine leaves on the exterior are naturalistically painted and veined, as are the fruit and leaves on the terminal. The interior is painted in the centre with a spray of fruiting vine, and there is a border of C-scrolls in puce encircling the foot.


History note: From the Collection of Mrs F.L. Dixon (probably a mistake for Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.2 cm
Width: 17.2 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: Given (1950-09) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Third quarter of 18th century
George III
Production date: circa AD 1760


Leaf-moulded wares were a product of the fascination with natural forms during the Rococo period in the mid 18th century. Vine-leaf sauceboats, without the collet foot, were also made at the Longton Hall factory in Staffordshire. This one was attributed to Bow by Dr Bernard Watney (24 October 1964). The shape is also found in Staffordshire salt-glazed stoneware which shared other shapes with Longton Hall.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( puce, yellow, and two shades of green)

Materials used in production

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

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and painted overglaze in puce, yellow, and two shades of green enamel

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.102-1950
Primary reference Number: 118649
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 August 2015 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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