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Sauce boat: C.653-1928

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Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Factory)


Agate ware, press-moulded and lead glazed.

Agate earthenware made with dark red, white and slate-blue clays and covered with a clear lead-glaze. The press-moulded sauce-boat is a bulbous shape. It has a wavy rim, a loop handle and three feet, moulded to resemble paws with lion masks.


History note: Provenance unidentified before Mr Bird of Saffron Walden; Mr Bird sold for £4 on June 20, 1911 to Dr J. W. L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Dr J. W. L. Glaisher bequest.

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.6 cm
Width: 18.2 cm

Relative size of this object

18.2 cm9.6 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid-18th Century
George II
George III
Circa 1750 CE - Circa 1765 1765 CE


The bulbous shape, wavy rim and three paw-and-lion-mask feet of the sauce boat are designed to imitate silverware.

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Materials used in production

agate effect created by wedging together different coloured clays Earthenware Lead-glaze

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Press-moulded earthenware covered with clear lead-glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.653-1928
Primary reference Number: 75756
Old catalogue number: 4316
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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