About the object
A rare and unusual Derby porcelain sauce boat with a scalloped rim, fluted sides and a shallow foot rim. The rim, foot-rim and handle are gilded. Below the outside rim are eight mirror reserves framed alternately in pale blue and puce. They are separated with puce peony heads. The puce frames have a diaper pattern superimposed on them, and the blue frames have black trellis-work decoration. The white ground reserves with blue frames have floral sprays and insects painted on them, and those within the puce frames have raised peach blossom in cream colour, the reserves are outlined in black. Inside the sauce boat on the base is painted a lotus flower and leaves, springing from the flower is a vase with flowers within it in the Chinese style. inside the spout of the boat is a Chinese style floral group. The soft, cloudy translucent paste lies beneath a slightly matt glaze which the colours appear to be raised.
Patch marks on the underside