England, c1755-57



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 interior only


Note :

White leaf sauceboats are considered to be quite rare. 

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 Meissen examples.

See below for more about early white porcelain.


7.5” Long














About White Porcelains  


The first white porcelain was produced in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1269 AD).

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.

It was not until the end of the Ming Dynasty, (circa 1685-1644), that kilns in the Fukien province

introduced Dehua wares ("blanc de chine") - a white porcelain with creamy glaze. 

The majority of the forms were small figures, bottles, dishes,

and libation cups and beakers.

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 manufactories.

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 figures -

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 unfinished

- or perhaps somehow flawed.





Also See :

  First Periow Worcester White-Glazed Porcelain Teapit, c1758-60 Worcester White-Glazed Hexagonal Creamboat, c1762  


First Period Worcester White-Glazed Porcelain Teapot, England, c1758-60


Worcester White-Glazed Hexagonal Creamboat

England, c1762




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First Period Worcester Cos Lettuce White-Glazed Sauceboat, England, c1755-57