Tureen in the form of a boar's head

Probably Hungarian (Holitsch)
about 1750
Probably made by Holitsch Manufactory

Object Place: Europe


35.56 cm (14 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tin-glazed earthenware, enamel decoration

Out on Loan

On display at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: Legion of Honor, February 10, 2018 – May 28, 2018





Realistically colored, with spray of turquoise-colored leaves and brown acorns on cover which includes eyebrows and flopping ears, shaded blue beneath (one mended) as handles. Lavender tones on dark snout, white tusks. Rim of bowl unevenly shaped to include eyes. Clay body below opaque white glaze is pink.


Painted in red on underside of lid and inside the body of the tureen:
"D. 941 / P. inv. no. 102" [Liechtenstein inventory number]


By about 1930, Princes of Liechtenstein, Vienna [see note]. 1957, sold by Leopold Blumka (dealer), New York, to the MFA for $1,200. (Accession Date: March 14, 1957)

NOTE: Liechtenstein inventory numbers "D. 941 / P. inv. no. 102" remain on the inside of the tureen. Arthur Stoegmann of the Princely Collections of Liechtenstein kindly confirmed that the tureen was shown in the Liechtenstein Gallery in Vienna around 1930.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund