Learn about Sauce Boat

Sauce boats, also called gravy boats, are a small jug form object used for serving sauces and gravy as indicated by the name. They were made in silver, silver plate or ceramics became fashionable in the early 18th century. Early suaceboats were usually plain and of oval shape, with a solid oval foot.. In the later Georgian period they became more elaborate, with the metal examples decorated with chasing and engraving, and a three-footed base, and sometimes available in pairs. Ceramic suaceboats were often part of a dinner service, and some of the ceramic sauceboats have an attached plate, its purpose being to catch drips and dribbles.

Learn about Cliff, Clarice

The life story of English potter and designer Clarice Cliff, (1899-1972) is a real-life rags-to riches story. Clarice was born in the potteries area in Tunstall, Staffordshire in 1899, and her father was an iron moulder, while her mother took in washing.

She attended school until age 13 and then left to work in a lowly paid job in the potteries. At that time the potteries were the major employers of women in the North Staffordshire and at the time she commenced work there were over 20,000 women employed.

The jobs for women ranged from being assistants to the men who threw the pots, to the less menial but repetitive task of painting prescribed designs onto clay blanks.

After 10 years, and a several of changes of employer, she had learned a number of trades and mastered the techniques of gilding, enamelling, lithography and design.

At the age of 17 Clarice Cliff was working for the Royal Staffordshire Pottery owned by A J Wilkinson owned by the Shorter family. and at this time the firm's pattern books begin to credit her as the designer of some of the items illustrated in the books. more...
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Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Blue Firs' sauce boat of conical form, stamped 'Bizarre by Clarice Cliff'. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, height, 8 cm

Forty piece Clarice Cliff 'Chelsea rose'dinner set to include 6 cups,6 saucers, 6 side/entree/dinner plates,6 soup cups,lidded tureen,platter, together with a gravy boat

Clarice Cliff the Biarritz Royal Staffordshire 'Bizarre' dinner set green and yellow banded pattern, printed factory marks to base, impressed '34', two platters, two lidded tureens, four dinner plates, six soup plates, six dessert plates, twelve side plate

A Thirty one piece Clarice Cliff dinner service, circa 1934, in 'Aura' (green), pattern 6385. A setting for six comprising soup, dinner, entree and bread and butter plates, two covered tureens, three oval platters, a gravy boat with stand, having a hand de

Clarice Cliff fish service from Newport Pottery, circa 1940's, a fish serving plate, sauce boat and six plates. Length of server 38 cm

A Clarice Cliff 'Chloris' bowl, 1930s/40s, Royal Staffordshire, decoration pattern 5887, circular, the decoration on a 'Honeyglaze' ground, impressed, printed, and painted marks underside. Height 6 cm. Width 17.5 cm. (sauce boat), and smaller

A Clarice Cliff 'Passionfruit' sauce boat and butter dish, 1930s/40s, Wilkinson/Royal Staffordshire, decoration pattern 6734, each triangular (the dish shape 472), the decoration on a 'Honeyglaze' ground, impressed, printed, and painted marks underside. He

Clarice Cliff 'Platinum Hotel' dinner service for six persons consisting of two lidded tureens, six half moon side plates, six soup bowls, six dinner plates, six entree plates, six bread plates, six cups and saucers, two gravy boats, two sauce boats and tw

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