D2153. Pair of Polychrome Tureens and Covers
Delft, circa 1765
Each basket unidentifiably marked J:S. 3 in blue
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 manganese loop handles.
Heights: 10 cm. (3.9 in.)
Flower-encrusted objects, abundantly applied with blossoms, leaves and sometimes fruits, insects and small animals derive from the Meissenporcelain factory. A pair of rather identical flower- encrusted tureens, marked for Albertus Kiell of De Witte Ster (The White Star) factory, is illustrated in Aronson 2019, pp. 92-93, no. 46. 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. In the same museum is also a similar single butter tub surmounted by a lemon marked for Albertus Kiell of De Witte Ster factory (inv. no. 113502A), illustrated in Helbig, p. 114, fig. 80. 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).