Crisply moulded and painted in washes of brown against pink and green scrolls highlighted in gold.
This form, extremely rare in porcelain, is taken from a well-known salt-glazed model.
It is conventional to attribute the salt-glazed examples to Staffordshire but we know that salt-glaze production was more widespread and it is possible that they were also made in or closer to London.
Simon Spero points out that the crispness of the moulding suggests that the Vauxhall example was taken directly from a mould for a stoneware dish rather than a dish itself. Vauxhall also used stoneware moulds for sauceboats and a cream jug.
We know of only two other Vauxhall dishes of this form, one from the Watney collection sold by Phillips in 2000 and the example in the Gardiner museum, Toronto (object number G83.1.1176) (we are grateful to Jeff Ruda for reminding us of this one)
Minute chip to rim, no restoration
Simon Spero Exhibition, 2003, p. 22, no. 23
Simon Spero, ‘Vauxhall Porcelain: A tentative chronology’, English Ceramic Circle Transactions, Vol. 18, Part 2 for a cream jug moulded after a salt-glaze original
Phillips, London, Watney Collection of Fine English Porcelain, Part II, May 2000, lot 720, 10th