- Museum number
Dish or stand for sauceboat; porcelain; oval; Rococo silver shape; scalloped sides and moulded shell pattern at ends; painted in colours with gilding in Japanese Kakiemon style with dragon, tiger, bamboo, etc.
- Production date
- 1752-1755 (circa)
Length: 23 centimetres
Width: 19.25 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Ayers, Impey & Mallet 1990
An oval dish of Rococo silver shape with shell mouldings. It is painted in the Kakiemon style with a red-and-gold dragon coiled round a bamboo and looking down at a red tiger which returns its gaze; below are two ancient prunus branches.
This design is probably the 'twisted dragon pattern' referred to in the Chelsea sale catalogue, 14th March, 1755, lot 37 and 15th March, lot 72. In shape, the dish is based on silver originals by Nicholas Sprimont made as stands for sauceboats, examples of which with his mark and date letter for 1746/47 are in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Katz Collection. For a sauceboat on an identical stand cf. J. C. Austin, 1977, Figs 40 and 41.
R. L. Hobson, 'Catalogue of the English Porcelain in the British Museum', London, 1905, II, 65.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number