Bristol Porcelain Manufactory1752 - 1753

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, United States

This beautifully decorated sauceboat is the earliest example of Worcester porcelain at Rienzi. Its elaborately scrolled handle is the height of fashion for the Rococo style.

Like many of Worcester Porcelain Manufactory's early wares, this sauceboat is based on the shape of a silver version of the form. It was made at Benjamin Lund's factory in Bristol, England, before Worcester purchased that factory in 1752. Later, when the sauceboat was decorated at Worcester, the enamelers went to great lengths to hide the Bristol factory mark on the vessel's underside by painting a large green leaf over it.


  • Title: Sauceboat
  • Creator: Bristol Porcelain Manufactory
  • Date Created: 1752 - 1753
  • Physical Dimensions: w19.7 x h11.1 x d8.6 cm (overall)
  • Type: Ceramics
  • External Link: MFAH
  • Medium: Soft-paste porcelain
  • Credit Line: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Rienzi Collection, museum purchase funded by Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson III by exchange

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