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Sauceboat: C.3138-1928

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Worcester Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain sauceboat, painted in enamels in Chinese famille verte style with birds, plants and insects

Soft-paste porcelain sauceboat, moulded and decorated onglaze in red, yellow, green, blue and manganese enamels. Of silver shape with rounded sides, each with rococo scroll work panels in shallow relief, a small panel below the pinched lip spout and three small oval panels on the high waisted oval foot; ribbed scroll handle with leaf terminal and wavy-edged rim. Painted in Chinese famille verte style with a heron and a willow tree, the reverse with a heron and a lotus, surrounded by scattered sprigs and insects; the interior with a border of flowerheads and diaper, and a large central flower spray.


History note: Purchased from Mr A Fleming, The Casket, Southsea on 16 September, 1922 for £1.10.0 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.5 cm
Length: 19.0 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Worcester ⪼ Worcestershire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid-18th Century
George II
Circa 1752 CE - 1756 CE


The colouring of the design was influenced by Chinese famille verte porcelain

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( red, yellow, green, blue and manganese)

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
steatitic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, and decorated onglaze in red, yellow, green, blue and manganese enamels
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3138-1928
Primary reference Number: 33108
Old object number: 3942, vol.20
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 14 February 2023

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

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