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Covered Tureen on Stand (Pot-à-oille)

Covered Tureen on Stand (Pot-à-oille)

1735–38
(French, 1695–1750)
(French, 1745)
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.)

Did You Know?

The langoustine, pigeon, and vegetables were cast using real examples giving the silver copies 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.
  • 1740-1773
    Evelyn Pierrepont, 2nd Duke of Kingston [1711–1773], England, by descent to his wife, Elizabeth Chudleigh
    1773-1788
    Elizabeth Chudleigh, sometime Duchess of Kingston [1721–1788], England
    1788-1799 (?)
    Prince Alexander Bezborodko [1747–1799], Russia
    1799-1815 (?)
    Count Elie Bezborodko [1756–1815], Russia
    1815-1855 (?)
    Count Alexander Kushelev-Bezborodko [1800-1855], Russia
    1855-1909 (?)
    Alexander Alexandrovich Polovtsoff [1832-1909], Russia, by descent to his heirs
    (Jacques Seligmann [1858-1923], Paris, France, 1909, sold to John Pierpont Morgan)
    1909-1913 (?)
    John Pierpont Morgan [1837-1913]
    1925-1926
    (Charles and Richard Comyns, London, England, 1925-1926, sold to anonymous buyer)
    1977
    (Peter Zervudachi [b. 1921], Galerie du Lac, Vevey, Switzerland, sold to The Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1977-
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
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