A very rare and exceptionally fine George II Chinoiserie inspired Sauceboat made in London in 1746 by William Williams I.
The Sauceboat is of a large size, with wide body, displaying a shaped rim. The cast flying scroll handle is decorated with leaf capping and displays a foliate design where it is attached to the main body. This piece has three Rococo raying shell feet, with scroll legs and most unusual Chinoiserie mask mouldings where they are attached to the main body. The side is beautifully engraved with a contemporary Armorial which is surrounded by a cartouche of shell details and floral and foliate sprays. This piece is of an exceptional size, weight and colour and displays a crisp set of hallmarks on the underside of the main body. The Armorial is that of the Thornton family of County Lancashire, impaling those of Leacock of County Nottingham. The work of William Williams I is rare and he may well have specialised in the production of Sauceboats. The quality of his work is outstanding, which is no surprise, as he was apprentice to the Royal silversmith, Thomas Farren, 1731-38.
Length, spout to handle: 9 inches, 22.5cm.
Width: 4.25 inches, 10.63cm.
Height, to the top of the handle: 5.5 inches, 13.75cm.