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Press Moulded Sauce Boat

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Press Moulded Sauce Boat
Press moulded sauce boat, Lund?s Bristol, England, c. 1749 ? mid 1750. Soft-paste magnesian-phosphatic-plumbian porcelain lacking any mark or embossing. L. 223 mm. Private collection. This sauce boat came up for auction at Bonhams (Sale number18425, June 30th, 2010: lot 52) where it was described as a "problem sauce boat" mid 18th century or circa 1980. Reasons given as to why this sauce boat was possibly a "fake" rest with its under firing, its thin potting and "brittle" quality, its crazed glazing, and the clear underglaze blue decoration, which lacks blurring. A compositional study of both the body and glaze of this sauce boat demonstrates that no "faker" would have had knowledge of the highly characteristic composition, which characterises a group of non-embossed Bristol wares. Consequently we contend that this sauce boat is genuine Lund's Bristol. A research paper detailing the various compositions produced at Lund's Bristol and the technology pathways running from Bow, through Limehouse, to Lund's Bristol and thence to early Worcester has been submitted for publication. There is no scientific evidence for the notion found in the literature that Bow (c. 1748), was derivative from Limehouse (1746-48), which in turn was derivative from Greenwich (c. 1743-47).
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