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Sauce boat: C.12-1931

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Unidentified Liverpool pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Buff earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed greyish-white and painted in blue. Oval with a fluted lip at either end, flat shoulders with slightly raised inner edge on the side edges, and two handles in the form of foxes (one lacking its head), standing on a low footring. The interior is painted with a shield charged with a coat of arms: three pheons, on a chief a pierced mullt; above a helmet with a crest (a right arm holding an arrow).


History note: Bryan T. Harland, Croydon; Mrs Bryan T Harland; sold Sotheby's, 11-12 February 1931, The Harland collections: the well-known collection of English Pottery; various works of art, first day, lot 51; bought by the Fitzwilliam Museum using the Glaisher Fund

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Bought from Mrs Harland, using the Glaisher Fund

Measurements and weight

Length: 20.3 cm
Length: 8 in

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Lancashire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1931-03-27) by Harland, Caroline, Mrs


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1745 CE - Circa 1750 CE


A pheon is the heraldic name for the head of a dart

The form was derived from silver sauceboats, and was also made in Saint-Cloud and Worcester soft-paste porcelain.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)

Materials used in production

Tin-glaze Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Buff earthenware, press-moulded with applied moulded handles, tin-glazed greyish-white, and painted in blue high temperature colour. The glaze has been wiped off the underside of the footring.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.12-1931
Primary reference Number: 71584
Old object number: 26-1931
Glaisher number: 1547
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 13 June 2018 Last processed: Saturday 15 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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