Early Bow sauceboat, Famille Rose style decoration, overcooked in kiln, circa 1752


Rare early Bow sauceboat, of footless leaf-shape form with feather moulded sides, painted with a colourful Chinoiserie pattern in bright enamels, with major signs of problems in the kiln, with the foot in unglazed raw fired clay, burnt & stained brown into the lower sides; a huge amount of smokey inclusions to the glaze and the painting.

Circa 1752-3

No restoration.

14cm spout-to-handle, 6cm high at handle

ex- Leonard Joel Collection (Gibsons 2020)

An exciting example of Bow from the early stages of English porcelain making, when it was all still a miracle when items came out of the kiln intact enough to sell; this sauceboat, despite its obvious problems, has been used quite a lot, judging by the wear to the glaze.

ref. British Museum for a similar pair, which weathered the kiln a little better:  https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/H_1981-0101-197







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