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Covered Tureen on Stand (Pot-à-oille couvert)

Covered Tureen on Stand (Pot-à-oille couvert)

1735–38

Part of a set. See all set records

Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier

(French, 1695-1750)

designed by

Pierre-François Bonnestrenne

(French)

made by

Henry Adnet

(French, 1745)

made by

Silver

Overall: 36.9 x 38.4 x 31.8 cm (14 1/2 x 15 1/8 x 12 1/2 in.); Average: 35 x 38.4 x 31.8 cm (13 3/4 x 15 1/8 x 12 1/2 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1977.182

Fun Fact

The crayfish, pigeon, and vegetables were cast in silver from real examples giving them lifelike detail and appearance.

Description

Designed by one of Louis XV’s official architects, this tureen exemplifies the French rococo style, an artistic movement celebrating naturalistic forms that developed in Paris during the early 1700s. In contrast to classical, controlled symmetry, rococo forms morph, twist, and spill into the space around them. Meissonnier embellished this tureen in a picturesque arrangement of vegetables and creatures, transforming a utilitarian object into a decadent display of wealth and abundance. This masterpiece comes from a set of two tureens commissioned by the English Duke of Kingston during an extended stay in Paris in the 1730s.

See also
Collection: 
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 
Silver
Medium: 
Silver

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