Here is a charming sauceboat (or butter boat or creamer) made by Philip Christian’s porcelain factory, which operated in Liverpool from 1765 to the mid-1770s. Out of the hundreds of pieces of Christian porcelain I’ve found in researching this sauceboat, the only other piece of blue scale I found is a teapot, also with flower bouquets. Chiefly the factory made simple blue and white designs, occasionally with color, but they very rarely ventured into colored grounds covering the surface. I say it might be a butter boat because it’s so small, only four and a half inches from lip to handle. This shape was made only by Christian. The condition could be better. There is a small chip on the lip, and a hairline down from the rim near the handle, very hard to see. Minor matters, considering the rarity of this piece, especially for a collector of Liverpool porcelain. It might have been custom-made for someone who came to the factory and wanted something along the lines of the scale blue grounds that Worcester was becoming so famous for at the time. It’s certainly outside the standard range of wares from Christian’s factory. A real delight with an attractive design and confident execution.
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