D1946. Pair of Polychrome Tureens and Covers
Delft, circa 1765
Marked AK * in blue for Albertus Kiell, the owner of De Witte Ster (The White Star) factory from 1762 to 1774 Each domed cover applied with finely modeled flowers and leaves in manganese, blue, iron-red, green and yellow, and surmounted by a seated swan, the tureen imitating a yellow wicker basket with two loop handles.
Heights: 9.5 cm. (3.7 in.)
Provenance: Aronson Antiquairs, Amsterdam, 2004; Dutch Private Collection
Similar examples: Flower-encrusted objects, abundantly applied with blossoms, leaves and sometimes fruits, insects and small animals, may have been conceived originally by, and certainly are best known from, the Meissen porcelain factory. A flower-encrusted tureen and cover similar to the present examples, but without the surmounting swan, and marked JDB for Johannes van den Berg at De Witte Ster factory, is in the Musées royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, Brussels, illustrated in Lunsingh Scheurleer 1984, p. 196, ill. 45. A comparable larger tureen and cover, surmounted by a piece of fruit, is in the Lavino Collection, illustrated p. 49 (upper left), where there is also illustrated a pair with flower encrustation and surmounting pears, p. 209 (upper left).