sauce boat & tureen

Josiah Wedgwood, 1780 - 1836

sauce boat & tureen

Josiah Wedgwood 1780 - 1836


Sauce boat in the form of a melon, with lobed body and relief-moulded veined surface, on attached heart-shaped leaf saucer, with wavy rim and incised veins, moulded stem at one end. Domed half-melon cover, with square recess at stem end of leaf for ladle. Applied relief twisted leaf stem forms cover handle, embellished with four large applied relief leaves and curling tendrils. Cream coloured earthenware body decorated with mottled green, yellow and brown lead glaze.

Display Label

Shape Shapes are often defined by their function: a teapot must have a handle and a spout. But by breaking away from the usual conventions designers and makers can reveal new possibilities, create new forms and make us think again. They can transform the teapot into a pineapple, or a simple, curvaceous, abstract shape. Through time, makers have used their imagination, their ingenuity and even their sense of humour to transform ordinary and everyday objects into appealing shapes inspired by our surroundings. Some shapes are designed to reflect their use, others are made as a novelty or decorative item: cows for a cream jug, giraffes for a mantelpiece. Many are created out of a desire to experiment, to see what can be done with different materials. This display brings together a menagerie of shapes showing the possibilities available to the maker.

Object Name

sauce boat & tureen

Creators Name

Josiah Wedgwood

Date Created



with cover: 13.8cm x 15.7cm
without cover: 7.4cm

accession number


Place of creation




Bequeathed by Thomas Tylston Greg


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