Covered Tureen on Stand (Pot-à-oille)

Covered Tureen on Stand (Pot-à-oille)

1735–38

Part of a set. See all set records

designer

Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier

(French, 1695-1750)

maker

Pierre-François Bonnestrenne

(French)

maker

Henry Adnet

(French, 1745)

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.)

Weight: 18 lb. 8 oz., antennae: .5 oz.

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1977.182

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.

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How It Was Made
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See also
Collection: 
Decorative Arts
Type of artwork: 
Silver
Medium: 
Silver

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