Plymouth porcelain sauceboat

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Plymouth porcelain sauceboat

The production of hard-paste porcelain was first achieved in Britain by William Cookworthy in his Plymouth factory, established in the 1750s. This porcelain sauceboat is typical of the kind of goods he produced and is copied from the form of contemporary silverware. It was excavated in an early 19th century pit-group behind the Valiant Soldier pub in Holloway Street, Exeter. Cookworthy experienced difficulties from the discolouration of his wares by impurities from the coal with which the kilns were fired; the smokey grey glaze is typical of his early products.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum