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Oval stand (porcelain) for a sauceboat, of undulating form, press-moulded around the border with four groups of shells and coral branches resting on a rocky surface. The central well is moulded to simulate sand after the tide has run out. On the border between the shells and extending to the inner edge of the rim is an incised pattern of lobes, representing rocks. The shells are naturalistically painted in four tones of brown and two tones of purple and the coral is painted red. Either side of the shells are groups of leaves painted in two colours of green outlined in puce. The shells rest on a bed of green and yellow sea weed. The rim is painted dark red. Maker's mark.
- Production date
Length: 283 millimetres
Width: 215 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The model is mentioned in the Chelsea factory sale of 6 April 1756, lot 75, 'Two fine plaice sauceboats with curious plates and spoons'.
For two plaice sauceboats and covers with ladles see D.C. Peirce, 'English Ceramics, the Frances and Emory Cocke Collection', High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Gerogia, 1988, , no. 81. The ladles are in the form of eels. Other examples in the V&A and in Errdig, The National Trust (stands, but no ladles, Yorke Coll.) are mentioned.
There is a covered plaicesauceboat and stand (spoon missing) of the same form in the Victoria and Albert Museum, reg. no. C. 1451-1924, illus. on dustjacket of "Elegant Eating, four hundred years of dining in style", ed. Philippa Glanville and Hilary Young, V&A Publications, London, 2002, and see p. 100.
The National Trust, Erddig, has a pair of plaice tureens with stands and spoons, on loan to the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff and illustrated by Elizabeth Adams, "Chelsea Porcelain, London, 2001, p. 104, fig. 8.12.
For Derby examples (presumably post 1770 when the factory purchased Chelsea's stock and moulds), see Rice, 'Derby Porcelain', p. 57, 202, fig. 127.
See 1928,5-22,4 for the plaice tureen and cover.
Bibliography: Treasures from Toronto II, 18th Century English Porcelain, 1994 p 21, no 33.
- On display (G46/dc21)
- Slight wear to painted decoration on small shells on inner rim and on three branches of coral.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The tureen-stand was exhibited at Albert Amor in 1994. From the Mrs R.M. Robertson Collection, formerly in the Hurlbutt Collection.
1. GLADYS L. ROBERTSON/GALT. ONTARIO
'No.' printed in black and '88' in blue biro on rectangular label
2. ALBERT AMOR LTD/TREASURES/FROM/TORONTO/II/1994 EXHIBITION printed in blue on circular white label
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