Skip to Content
 
Arts of Europe

The MFAH collections of art created on the European continent encompass artistic styles across the time line of history, from the ancient world to the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern era to the 21st century.

 
 
 
BRISTOL PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY
English, active 1749–52
Decorated at WORCESTER PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY
English, established 1751
Sauceboat
1751–52
Soft-paste porcealin

4 3/8 x 7 3/4 x 3 3/8 inches

 
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Rienzi Collection
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson III, by exchange

Arts of Europe
 
ABOUT

This beautifully decorated sauceboat is the earliest example of Worcester porcelain at Rienzi. Its elaborately scrolled handle is the height of fashion for the Rococo style.

Like many of Worcester Porcelain Manufactory's early wares, this sauceboat is based on the shape of a silver version of the form. It was made at Benjamin Lund's factory in Bristol, England, before Worcester purchased that factory in 1752. Later, when the sauceboat was decorated at Worcester, the enamelers went to great lengths to hide the Bristol factory mark on the vessel's underside by painting a large green leaf over it.