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Sauce boat: C.103-2015

Object information


Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Factory)


White salt-glazed stoneware painted in polychrome enamels with flowers and foliage

White stoneware, press-moulded in two halves, salt-glazed, and painted in turquoise-blue, green, yellow, pink, mauve, and brownish-red enamels. The sauce boat stands on a leaf-shaped base, and has bulbous sides, an upward tilting lip, a wavy rim, and a reeded strap handle with a kick at its lower end. The sides are moulded with scrolls, and floral arrangements comprising roses and other flowers, and below the lip there is a large leaf. The scrolls, foliage, and the handle are green, and the flowers are painted naturalistically. On both sides of the interior there is a green rectangular panel dotted with darker green and edged with blue and pink, on the lip, a turquoise flower and foliage, and beside the upper end of the handle, a red flower and foliage.


History note: Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, St Andrew’s, Fife; Sir Ivor died on 24 April 2005; on loan since 2006

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.4 cm
Length: 17.1 cm

Relative size of this object

17.1 cm7.4 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2015-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


3rd quarter 18th Century
George II
Circa 1755 - 1765 1765

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of enamel ( turquoise-blue, green, yellow, pink, mauve, and dark red) Surface: composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production

white Stoneware

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick-on label

  • Text: 58
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black ink
  • Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.103-2015
Primary reference Number: 205103
Old object number: 58
Entry form number: 648
Old loan number: AAL.103-2006
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 11 August 2015 Updated: Tuesday 3 May 2016 Last processed: Sunday 16 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

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