Sauce boat, soft-paste porcelain, moulded in leaf shapes with overglaze painted decoration
- Object Number: 1978.P.26
- Simple Name: sauce boat
- Production Person: Hayfield, John (possible artist)
- Production Place: Longton
- Production Place: Staffordshire
- Production Place: England
- Creation, production or manufacture details: moulded
- Production Period:
- Production Organisation: Longton Hall (factory)
- Summary: Sauce boat, soft-paste porcelain, moulded in leaf shapes with overglaze painted decoration. Two thick handles join either side. In the interior is painted with a monochrome landscape of houses, trees and a tower. Possibly painted by John Hayfield, the 'Castle Painter'.
- Terms:101 Ceramic Highlights
- Terms:18th & 19th Century Staffordshire
- Additional Notes: This design was probably painted by John Hayfield, known as the ?Castle Painter? after his identifiable paintings of houses, castles and churches. He is recorded as working in 1755. This object is typical of the useful wares produced at Longton Hall with moulded forms taking the shapes of leaves, vegetables and fruits. Evidence for porcelain production in Staffordshire dates back to the 1740s and the Pomona Works in Newcastle. However, only wasters have ever been recovered from the site. It is therefore Longton Hall that is credited with the first successful porcelain production in the region.
- Additional Notes: Longton Hall operated c.1750-1760. The driving force for most of this period was third generation potter, William Littler. After the eventual failure of the Longton Hall enterprise, Litter moved to West Pans, Scotland, where he continued porcelain production.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery