National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1934
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18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor Level 2, NGV International
George II helmet sauce boat, masks under lip, Griffin handles, probably by Henry Herbert.
These extraordinary sauce boats with dragons forming the handles represent the height of Rococo fantasy in mid eighteenth-century England. Dragons emerged as a fashionable motif among the fantastic nature of Rococo imagery, with interest in exotic, mythical creatures reflecting the taste for Chinoiserie. Asymmetric Rococo scrolling forms adorn every part of these sauceboats, whose helmet forms are otherwise entirely Classical in inspiration.