D1956. Polychrome Sheep Tureen
Delft, circa 1770
With unidentified JvDH 7 mark in blue
The cover modeled as a white sheep heightened in blue, and recumbent amidst yellow and red flowers and green grasses and leaves, the oval tureen molded with similar stylized grasses and flowering plants.
Height: 11.2 cm. (4.4 in.)
Zoomorphic tableware evolved from sugar or wax figures and bird-shaped pastries that decorated the Renaissance table. Especially the savory pie must have functioned as an inspiration for these tureens, which was the showpiece of the dinner table from the late medieval period and the seventeenth-century. These pies were often made with large birds and were served with head, wings and upstanding tail. Delftware tureens modeled as animals may have been created as more permanent and palatable replacements for real-life examples and represented the trophy of a hunt.
Salomon Stodel Antiquités, Amsterdam, 1985;
Dutch Private Collection
- Repairs to both ears and tip of nose
- Usual rim abrasions