D2036. Pair of Polychrome Fruit Basket Tureens and Covers
Delft, circa 1770
Marked AK * in blue for Albertus Kiell, the owner of De Witte Ster (The White Star) factory from 1762 until 1774
Each cover modeled as a central yellow lemon surmounting a ring of apples and pears decorated in shades of yellow and iron-red, some molded with a single green leaf, and set on a dark green mound, above a circular tureen molded with yellow wickerwork delineated in green, and the sides affixed with loop handles applied with three florets decorated with iron-red dots.
Height: 10.8 cm. (4.3 in.)
Dining à la Française (in the French manner) was a fashionable new style of dining, where guests were served numerous dishes at once during the formal dinner service. A wide range of wares were designed in the newly stylish trompe l’ceil to complement the dishes, which were symmetrically arranged on the table and within reach for guests to serve themselves. Dinner wares cleverly imitated nature in the form of fruits and vegetables. Further, the table itself would be adorned with real flowers or fruits. A pair of butter tubs like the present one, formed as a wickerwork basket with a stack of pears, would fit accordingly on the dinner table.
- One cover with repairs