Two-handled Sauceboat, Worcester, soft paste porcelain, c.1758-60


This attractive Worcester sauceboat is moulded with oak-leaf cartouches, each containing a single painted flower, including a naturalistic pink rose, the interior with a larger spray. There are shell-moulded spouts at either end, the interior of each painted with a flower, including a heartsease. The rim above the handles is painted with puce scrolls.

The form of this sauceboat is influenced by English silver designs from the 1720s. Examples of this shape with flattened thumb rests, as seen here, are far less common than two-handled sauceboats with upturned thumb rests. This shape was only produced for a few years from the mid-1750s.


Condition: Excellent - no damage or restoration, just very light surface wear to the enamel decoration, from use, and tiny patches of kiln grit to the handles, from firing. The moulding is especially fine.

Dimensions: Length 18.7 cm

Worcester Porcelain 1751-1790: The Zorensky Collection, Simon Spero & John Sandon (Antique Collectors' Club, 1996).


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