A unique guide to antique porcelain sauceboats for collectors, auctioneers, and dealers.
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“Today’s collector has books on almost everything, on most factories and on many types of ware and ceramic objects. There was, however, one great and important gap, one of our porcelain makers’ specialities – sauceboats. That gap has now been filled.” From the foreword by the late Geoffrey Godden
The book has been supplied to the following institutions as a source of reference:
The Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of London, National Museum Wales, National Museums Liverpool, the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales, the libraries of the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and Trinity College, Dublin, Colonial Williamsburg, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Seattle Art Museum, Winthertur Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Copies have also been supplied to a number of auctioneers including Bonhams, London, who have used it to reference pieces in their catalogues.
Covering porcelain sauceboats made from the first days of English porcelain manufacture in the 1740s until the end of the 18th century, the book has been designed first and foremost as a reference book and guide to attribution. However it also sets out some of the history of 18th C cooking and sauces, and has illustrations of silver, salt-glazed stoneware, earthenware, Chinese and continental porcelain sauceboats which may have influenced British porcelain designs.
The resulting volume will be of interest to collectors and professionals alike. Dealers, auction houses and museums continue to find it an invaluable work of reference. Quick access to the illustrations is provided by a unique thumbnail shapes guide, which illustrates sauceboats of similar shape together, guiding the reader to a number of manufacturers who made similar pieces. Chapters cover each 18th century factory in turn.
There are over 650 colour illustrations, including the 200 image Thumbnail Guide and 50 images looking underneath the sauceboats. Of the rest, the vast majority are in large “two-per-page” format. The book is A4 hardback, with dust jacket, 280 pages.