Sauceboat, Lowestoft, soft paste porcelain, c.1768-70

 

This small Lowestoft pedestal sauceboat is decorated with a relief moulded floral design. The Rococo-framed cartouches on either side are decorated with printed floral bouquets, as is the area beneath the pouring lip. The inside base is decorated with a detailed, naturalistic printed rose and bud bouquet. The inside of the pouring lip is printed with a trellis and flower design. The handle bears a printed leafy design. The inverted rim sweeps up to a point in the centre of each side of the sauceboat. This rim border is painted in underglaze blue with a flower head and scrolling leaf design.

Unmarked.

This sauceboat would make a handsome addition to any collection of early English blue and white porcelain.

Condition: Good - just a tiny chip to the edge of the pouring lip and typical imperfections in the paste and glaze, resulting in small patches of staining and unevenness. One of the printed designs has a small unglazed area from manufacture.

Dimensions: Height (to top of thumbrest) 8 cm; Length 16 cm; Width 7 cm

The Illustrated Guide to Lowestoft Porcelain, Geoffrey A. Godden (Praeger, 1969).

Lowestoft Porcelain in Norwich Castle Museum, Volume 1, Sheenah Smith (Norfolk Museums Service, 1975).

British Porcelain Sauceboats of the 18th Century, Nicholas Panes (Gomer Press, 2009).

 

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