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    Sale 2154

    Important English Furniture, Clocks and Ceramics

    7 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 217

    TWO ENGLISH BLUE AND WHITE LEAF-SHAPE SAUCEBOATS

    CIRCA 1755-1775, WILLIAM LITTLER AT LONGTON HALL OR WEST PANS

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    TWO ENGLISH BLUE AND WHITE LEAF-SHAPE SAUCEBOATS
    CIRCA 1755-1775, WILLIAM LITTLER AT LONGTON HALL OR WEST PANS
    Each boldly molded as overlapping cabbage leaves edged in blue, the rustic branch handle with flower buds issuing from stems resting on the rim and body of the boat to support the weight of the handle, one painted with flowers, the other with a Chinoiserie landscape, a Chinoiserie landscape vignette.in the interior of both
    5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm.) high, 9 in. (22.9 cm.) long (2)


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    Sauceboats of this form are known at Longton Hall, generally painted in the firm's distinctive bright famille rose palette. See 50 Years of Collecting Decorative Arts of Georgian England; Christie's, London, 14 May 2003, lot 218 (gbp 16,730) for a particularly fine pair of this type.

    That the present examples are riddled with kiln flaws, are softly molded and are decorated with a very runny blue points towards West Pans as the more likely source of their facture. William Littler and his wife Jane moved to this small town near Musselburgh, Scotland after their factory at Longton went bankrupt in 1760. Starting from scratch, the initial production was not of the quality produced at Longton Hall by the time the factory closed.