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Sauce boat: C.1546-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Unidentified Liverpool pottery (Pottery)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Buff earthenware press-moulded, with applied moulded handles, tin-glazed and painted in blue. The boat is oval with shaped and pointed lips at each end, which are slightly fluted underneath, and two fox-shaped handles on opposing sides. The interior is decorated with a central medallion surrounded by Oriental-style flowers and in each of the lips there is a stylized plant. The top edge is decorated with a diaper border. The outside has floral sprays on each side and stripes of a scroll pattern reserved in a blue ground on the underside of the lipsl.


History note: A.E. Swift, 167 Richmond Road, Bournemouth by whom sent on approval at the beginning of May 1925, for what price Glaisher would give; purchased on on 26 May for £10 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 21.5 cm
Length: 8.5 in

Place(s) associated

  • Liverpool ⪼ Lancashire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1745 CE - 1760 CE


The shape of the sauceboat occurs in silver and in Saint-Cloud porcelain.

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Components of the work

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

Materials used in production

bluish-white Tin-glaze buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware moulded, with applied moulded handles, tin-glazed bluish-white, and painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper label with cut corners , of which the lower two are missing

  • Text: 4540/ADD when object can be viewed
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1546-1928
Primary reference Number: 72197
Old object number: 4540
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 21 February 2019 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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