Here is an antique 18th-century sauceboat (or gravy boat) that is molded with seven panels around the exterior, each painted with single specimens of flowers. To give a little added interest, the handle is modeled as a snake biting the bowl of the sauceboat—an extra refinement to the exciting overall shape. This basic type of sauceboat was made by several companies, but this example was created at the porcelain factory in Liverpool run by Philip Christian. It is five and a half inches in length. Christian took over the running of Chaffers’s factory in Shaw’s Brow when Chaffers died in 1765. In 1771 Christian bought out the Chaffers family’s interest, owning the company outright and running it until his death in 1778. There is a minute rim chip to the tip of the rim, just above the blue flower. This is shown in one of the photos. Other than that, it is in excellent condition—a rare and unusual form by a hard-to-find manufacturer.
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