Lot 198. A boar's head soup tureen and cover, Qianlong period, circa 1760; 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm.) long. Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000. Price realised USD 37,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018
Naturalistically modeled with raised snout and staring eyes, the open mouth revealing teeth, tongue and fangs, glazed in iron-red, grisaille and famille rose.
Provenance: The collection of Florence Adele Sloane Burden of Manhattan and Long Island, New York. A great-granddaughter of Commodore Vanderbilt, Florence numbered among her cousins Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Consuelo Vanderbilt, Duchess of Marlborough. She traveled in Europe with Gertrude and with such friends as Helena Woolworth McCann and Henry du Pont, buying for her townhouse and for the house on Long Island, a Delano & Aldrich design built in 1913.
By descent through the family.
An American private collector.
Note: W.R. Sargent, The Copeland Collection, p. 202, notes that the records of the Dutch East India Company document an order of 25 boar's head tureens in the 1763 season. In 1764 nineteen were shipped home to Holland but a further order was not fulfilled because "the supercargoes considered them too risky." The animal tureen form was fashionable in Europe in the mid-18th century, when faience or soft-paste models were made at Strasbourg, Palissy, Chelsea, Höchst and other factories. A faience boar's head tureen made at Kiel in Denmark is illustrated by D.L. Fennimore and P.A. Halfpenny in The Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens at Winterthur, p. 173, as is a Chelsea example, p. 148, where the authors quote a Chelsea factory auction catalogue of March 18, 1755 listing "a very curious TUREEN in the form of a BOAR'S HEAD." Whether Chinese porcelain or European pottery, boar's head tureens must have made an impressive effect on the dining table, especially when filled with hot soup or stew emitting clouds of steam through the snout.
Christie's. Chinese Export Art Featuring 100 lots from Marchant, est 1925, 18 January 2018, New York