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A BOAR'S HEAD TUREEN AND COVER
A BOAR'S HEAD TUREEN AND COVER

QIANLONG PERIOD

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A BOAR'S HEAD TUREEN AND COVER
QIANLONG PERIOD
The large iron-red snout above open jaws revealing white tusks with peach-washed tongue and roof of mouth, his hide speckled in tones of grisaille with a dark charcoal outlining his ears and eyes, molded mane around his neck and the back of his head with projecting knobs
15 in. (38.1 cm.) long (2)

Lot Essay

A boar's head of this model from the collection of Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland is in the Peabody Essex Museum and illustrated by W.R. Sargent, The Copeland Collection, p. 202, where the author notes that the records of the Dutch East India Company document an order of 25 boar's head tureens in the 1763 season. In 1764 19 were shipped home to Holland but a further order was not fulfilled because "the supercargoes considered them too risky".
The animal tureen form was fashionable in Europe in the mid-18th century, when faience or soft-paste models were made at Strasbourg, Palissy, Chelsea, Hochst and other factories. A faience boar's head tureen made at Kiel in Denmark is illustrated by D.L. Fennimore and P.A. Halfpenny in The Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens at Winterthur, p. 173, as is a Chelsea example, p. 148, where the authors quote a Chelsea factory auction catalogue of March 18, 1755 listing "a very curious TUREEN in the form of a BOAR'S HEAD".
Whether Chinese porcelain or European pottery, boar's head tureens must have made an impressive effect on the dining table, especially when filled with hot soup or stew emitting clouds of steam through the snout

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