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Worcester Porcelain Factory
English, born established 1751

Sauceboat

about 1750–1753

Object Type: Ceramic
Creation Place: Northern Europe, English, Worcestershire
Dimensions:
3 1/4 in. x 6 1/2 in. x 3 3/8 in. (8.26 cm x 16.51 cm x 8.57 cm)
Medium and Support: Porcelain
Accession Number: 1990.0009.0015

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Lucien Loeb

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In the eighteenth century, sauce was offered to conceal the rather bland and often stale taste of certain meats. Sauceboats formed an important part of Worcester's early production, and many variations decorated with diverse patterns were manufactured. This pedestal sauceboat derives from the Bristol Porcelain Factory, a factory that merged with Worcester in 1752; it became a standard Worcester shape from the early 1750s until about 1758. Early designs were usually carefully contained within the molded panels and were simple so as not to clash with the subtlety of the relief molding.

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