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Sauce boat

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1737-1738 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wickes, George (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, cast, embossed, chased and engraved.

  • Credit Line:

    Arthur James Collection Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 68, The Whiteley Galleries, case 9

Sauceboats appeared in England in the early 18th century to meet the demands of a new form of dining adopted from France, which placed greater emphasis on the role of sauces, stews and soups.

The design of this sauceboat was very popular among goldsmiths in England in the 1730s. The motifs of the lion’s head and feet were used by English goldsmiths from the 1690s. They may allude to the classical hero Hercules, who wrestled with a lion, or even to William III, who was sometimes personified as Hercules, the strong man.

Physical description

Silver sauce boat, (one of a pair), a shaped oval body, embellished with acanthus and shell ornament, with the spout at one end and a closed scroll handle, opposite, resting on four paw feet issuing from applied lions masks between which on either side are applied festoons of flowers and fruit.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1737-1738 (made)


Wickes, George (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, cast, embossed, chased and engraved.

Marks and inscriptions

Engraved with the Arms of Staples

maker's mark GW with a three pronged crown above, all within a close fitting shield, for George Wickes [Grimwade, 1990 no.921]
Full marks struck very cleanly on the underside of the base


Height: 12.50 cm, Length: 22.10 cm, Width: 11.80 cm, Weight: 675.80 g

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 48/1815
Arthur James Collection Bequest (by his wife)

English Silver, 16th -20th Century , Moscow and Leningrad, 1978, Belgrade and Zagreb, 1980

Descriptive line

Sauce boat, silver, London hallmarks for 1737-38, mark of George Wickes




Raising; Casting; Embossing; Chasing; Engraving

Subjects depicted

Subject; Scroll; Flowers; Paw; Fruit; Coat of arms; Shell; Festoons; Acanthus; Lion mask


Food vessels & Tableware; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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