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Hen and Chicks Tureen

Hen and Chicks Tureen

c. 1755

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Porcelain

Overall: 24.8 x 34.9 x 25.7 cm (9 3/4 x 13 3/4 x 10 1/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1984.58

Fun Fact

Although tureens with covers were meant to serve hot stews and soups, elaborate and expensive porcelain examples, such as this one, were probably only meant to impress since a hot liquid could easily cause it to shatter.

Description

The Chelsea porcelain factory, in what is now London, was England's most important ceramic factory in the mid-1700s. Large tureens in the form of chickens or rabbits appealed to aristocrats with large country estates and have long been recognized as outstanding products of this factory. The tureen was recently united with a stand of the same design as one originally intended to accompany it.

See also
Collection: 
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Porcelain

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