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Sauce boat: C.581-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




White salt-glazed stoneware, with two lips and handles.

Off-white stoneware, slip-cast, and salt glazed. Two applied reeded loop handles in the middle on the side, with kicks at the bottom. One handle slipped during firing, giving it a slightly lopsided appearance. The boat is roughly oval and on an oval foot, with a wavy rim and shallow lips. Decorated with a Greek key border at the top and bottom on both sides, with gadrooning in between. The lips have a shell at the base of each, with a scale like pattern leading up the side of the boat to the lips. This scaling is also around the handles, and between the lips and first gadroon.


History note: Unidentified owner at Biggleswade where bought by Stanley Woolston, Cambridge; purchased from him for £4 on 18 April 18 1916, by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1745 - 1750

School or Style


Components of the work

Surface composed of salt-glaze
Handle To Handle Length 13.9 cm
Lip To Lip Width 18.8 cm

Materials used in production

white Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Slip-casting : White stoneware, slip-cast, with applied reeded handles, and salt-glaze

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 3731
  • Location: Base
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.581-1928
Primary reference Number: 75571
Old object number: 3731
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 27 January 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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