The Longton Hall factory often created its own shapes, unique among British porcelain makers and unlike those of other factories, but in this case the shape of the dish has a close resemblance to sauceboats by Worcester and Derby. No resemblance in the decoration, though, which is very unusual in the combination of red and blue for the landscape inside. This sauceboat or gravy dish was formerly part of the renowned Bernard Watney collection. For years Mr. Watney scoured the London antique shops and the stalls in Portobello Road for unusual early British porcelains, especially blue and white examples. He assembled a monumental and well-researched collection, which was dispersed in three sales in 1999-2000. In 1952 he wrote Longton Hall Porcelain, the standard book on this factory. Length is eight inches. This piece has some speckling from the kiln on the surface, especially inside. Staining to the pouring tip and an original firing tear on one side. Tiny chip to one petal of the flower. Pieces of English porcelain from the 1750s are harder and harder to find.
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