A Fine and Very Rare Set of Four Derby Duck Form Sauce Boats

A Fine and Very Rare Set of Four Derby Duck Form Sauce Boats, where the body and handle are naturalistically modelled as a white duck with red bill and legs. The wing and breast feathers are moulded in relief, while the head with open eyes gazes downward to form the handle as the tail forms the spout.

Circa 1790

Marks
Blue painted script N

Dimensions
Length 4 1/8 ins. (10.5 cms.)

Further Details
The N mark dates from the Chelsea merger and it is likely that the N would have been used at Nottingham Road. John Twitchett writes that the form was ‘probably taken from the Old Bow moulds’.

Literature
See a similar example of a pair illustrated in John Twitchett, Derby Porcelain (1980), pl 288, p 224.

See an example in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2993-1901)

Stock No. 1927

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