The shape of the modern gravy boat was popularized by the French King Louis XIV, whose lavish and frequent feasts often served over 20 courses. This porcelain sauce boat, manufactured by Pillivuyt—a trusted and innovative company dealing in porcelain wares since 1818—traces that lineage. The handle allows for intuitive handling and pouring, while a narrow spout delivers gravies and sauces neatly. An accompanying underplate makes it easy to pass the gravy as well as catch any drips that may occur. The sauce boat retains heat to help keep gravy warm while being served at the table.
The porcelain is glazed and fired at very high temperatures (1400°C/2552°F) to create a non-porous exterior that is durable, longlasting and resistant to scratching and chipping. The glazed porcelain also prevents lingering bacteria as well as the transfer of unwanted tastes or odors—so your hollandaise won’t have the onion flavor of the turkey gravy lingering from last week.
This sauce boat is oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe.
In 1818, Jean Louis Richard Pillivuyt founded his porcelain factory in the central French village of Foëcy. This location was ideal for its neighboring forests and water, and the proximity to Limoges where kaolin deposits had been recently uncovered. When this natural resource was discovered, Europeans had found the secret ingredient required to create porcelain, after envying and coveting a material that had been exclusive to China for over 300 years. The porcelain business remained in the Pillivuyt family for over 127 years, until longtime customer Alfred Simon purchased the brand in 1945 and took over as General Manager, implementing the latest technologies and manufacturing processes. These changes improved uniformity and productivity, while the technique for creating porcelain wares remained much the same.
The casting and firing process for these porcelain wares involves over 10 steps and takes place over the course of several days or weeks, depending on the item. Prototypes are handmade in plaster following precise computer models to calculate the shrinkage that will occur during the drying and firing process. The sauce boat is cast by pouring a water and clay mixture called slip through a funnel-shaped vent in a closed mold. After the sauce boat has dried and has gone through the first firing to remove all the remaining water in the clay, it is hand dipped in glaze and go through a second firing that lasts up to two days.
The Kaufmann Mercantile Pillivuyt French Porcelain Sauceboat is a glazed porcelain sauce boat with handle and footed base. Resistant to scratches and chipping.
• Oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe.
• Made in France since 1818.
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