1085 - A rare William Reid Liverpool sauceboat c 1758-60
Of low shape with a distinctive handle and diaper moulding under the spout. Painted with a Chinese fishing scene. 18.5 cms long.
Condition is good but there is a very fine crack around half of the base which runs upwards slightly under the spout. This can best be seen by carefully examining the photo of the left side of the sauceboat and the internal photo, in both cases light staining can be seen close to it. There is also a firing crack around the lower handle terminal which has extended as a short hairline beneath the handle. There is quite a long firing crack on the base which does not go through so is visible only as a small crease inside the base of the sauceboat. This may have been made when the body was turned and subsequently made oval. See this fascinating film for and example of the technique.
Provenance: The Watney Collection. Illustrated in my book, British Porcelain Sauceboats of the 18th Century, Figure 330.