(Britain, London, 1745-84)
Overall: 48.7 x 37.7 x 6.4 cm (19 3/16 x 14 13/16 x 2 1/2 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2000.3
See cover record for Hen and Chicks Covered Tureen (1984.58).
The ceramic factory at Chelsea, located along the river Thames in western London, was Britain’s most renowned factory of decorative porcelain in the mid-1700s. Large tureens in the form of chickens or rabbits appealed to wealthy aristocrats, who took great care in developing specimen animal and poultry breeds on their country estates. The design for this particular tureen was taken from a popular seventeenth-century print by Francis Barlow depicting a farmyard.
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