• Paris, c. 1752–3
  • Silver 
  • Inv. 1071 and 2166

Tureen with tray and spoon

Charles Spire

The cover of the tureen depicts an extraordinary and realistic image of the results of the hunt, while the body and handles are profusely decorated with extremely ornate rocaille shell, spiral and floral motifs. The centre of the tureen bears the arms of the Aveiras family, which also appear on the circular tray with a foliated edge that supported the tureen and on the large spoon. The latter, a magnificent piece in its own right, has a long, elegant branch-shaped shaft covered by spiralling foliage and ends in a richly chased bowl.

The round tureen, more accurately called pot à oille, was designed to hold food that had a high liquid content, specifically stews, which had spread from Spain and would be a great success in 18th-century Europe. This fundamentally ornamental set reveals the importance that the customs of the French court held for the Portuguese royal family and senior aristocracy at that time.

Tureen and tray: 6th Count of Aveiras, Lisbon; Marquis of Foz (?); Russian Imperial Collections (Hermitage); Acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian through Aucoc from the Antikvariat, 1929.

Spoon: Acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian through Aucoc, Paris, March 1932.

Lisbon 1999

A Arte do Retrato. Quotidiano e Circunstância, exhibition catalogue. Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, 1999, pp. 154–5, no. 61.

Lisbon 2001

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, 2001, p. 129, cat. 103.

Updated on 08 june 2022

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