Molded in the shape of overlapping cos lettuce leaves
above an oval gadrooned foot,
a small budding fruit at the base of the looped stalk handle,
the reverse side of the stem base with a small beaded leaf;
the glaze pooling slightly green in the recesses, accentuating
the fine molding
Condition : Excellent; no flaws found; slight speckling to the
White leaf sauceboats are considered to be
If flawed or distorted, insects and flowers
could easily cover flaws.
This is borne out by the small number of
wasters found at the factory site excavations.
Cos leaf sauceboats were copied from
See below for more about early white
About White Porcelains
The first white porcelain
was produced in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1269
It was known as Ding
(Ting) ware - a white paste covered with an almost
transparent ivory glaze.
The forms were quite
simple, with incised or stamped decoration.
About the same time,
colored glazes were also introduced.
These showier glazes, as
well as underglaze blue, overtook the simple elegance of
white Ding wares.
not until the end of the Ming Dynasty, (circa
1685-1644), that kilns in the
introduced Dehua wares ("blanc de chine") - a white porcelain with
The majority of the forms
were small figures, bottles, dishes,
and libation cups and
Upon reaching Europe, these
crisply molded cups and beakers became immensely popular
and from the late 1600's,
imitated in varying pastes and glazes by European
Among the earliest European
producers were :
Saint-Cloud, Mennecy and Chantilly in France, Meissen in Saxony (Germany),
and in England, Lund's
Bristol, and particularly early Chelsea and Bow.
Unlike Chelsea and Bow,
Worcester left very little in the white -
a few small creamboats and
sauceboats, 2 drum form teapot forms, some lovely
and a truly spectacular
white rococo-molded cistern, inspired by a silver shape.
As Worcester concentrated
more on enamel and blue and white decoration,
there is speculation that
the few remaining Worcester white wares might simply be
- or perhaps somehow
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