D1957. Polychrome Putto and Goat Tureen
Delft, circa 1765
The cover modeled as a reclining goat with a coat finely delineated in manganese, accompanied by a naked putto seated within molded scrolls and blue-painted floral sprays repeated below on the two-handled rococo oval tureen.
Height: 12.8 cm. (5 in.)
Farm and domestic animals, such as cows, horses and goats, were among the most prolific animal figures in both white and polychrome Delftware. Although there are no similar examples of the present tureen, there are several other tureens with goats, with and without accompanying figures. These tureens must have made imaginative centerpieces on a dinner table. It therefore must have been a special pleasure to be the guest at a dinner party given by a prosperous family in the eighteenth century. With the invitation came the anticipation of a veritable feast for the senses: a gustatory treat to taste the beautifully prepared and perhaps exotic foods, and a visual treat in their presentation and in the table setting itself.
Salomon Stodel Antiquités, Amsterdam, 1990;
Dutch Private Collection
- Usual rim abrasions