Longton Hall sauce boat, rare fluted form, flower & fruit painted c.1755

$3,900.00 AUD

Rare Langton Hall sauce boat, of unusual form with elegant scallop moulded body, scroll handle & plain oval pedestal foot, softly painted with small flower groups & scattered flower heads to the sides, the interior with a large-scale branch & leaf sporting a large stone fruit (painted to disguise a large area of speckling from initial firing), the rim in gold.

Circa 1755

22.5cm spout-to-handle, 11cm high

Condition: minor wear to gilt rim, no restoration or touch-ups, no damage

Provenance:
Private Melbourne Collection;
Exhibition label for CGCA’s ‘Flowers of Fantasy’ exhibition, Ballarat, Hamilton & Geelong Art Galleries, 1997-98

Nichols Panes in his definitive book ‘English Sauceboats’ illustrates the known shapes of sauceboats, but this example is another variation again. It has a plain oval pedestal foot – like fig. 240, a ‘previously unrecorded’ low sauceboat with moulded rim – but the main body is the same as fig 243, described as ‘rare shape’, but with a fluted foot. The large fruit to the interior of this piece is most unexpected, and the quality of the porcelain exceptional; a pure white translucency, but showing signs of a ‘dirty kiln’ with multiple areas of black specking – some disguised beneath the scattered flowers, and the major area inside explaining the large fruit.

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