Covered Tureen and Stand

about 1745
Made at Meissen Manufactory (Germany), Based on Georg Philipp Rugendas (German, 1666–1742)

Object Place: Meissen, Germany


Overall: 26 x 39.5 x 30.2 cm (10 1/4 x 15 9/16 x 11 7/8 in.) Other (Tureen): 26 x 32.5 x 23.2 cm (10 1/4 x 12 13/16 x 9 1/8 in.) Other (Stand): 9.5 x 39.5 x 30.2 cm (3 3/4 x 15 9/16 x 11 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)





Soup tureen with boar’s head finial and two handled stand. Painted with Turkish battle and camp scenes. Vertical panels of gold scroll work alternating with panels of cavalry engagements. Center reserve on stand of mounted Turk in combat with mounted European, bordered by gilt scroll and trellis work. Border with four oblong reserves depicting military camp life. Broad gilding on rim with two double handles joined by shells, handles perpendicular. Tureen with four reserves decorated with battle and military scenes flanked by panels of gilt scroll work. Domed cover with boar’s head finial decorated in like manner and with flowers and insects. Sculptural scrolls supporting boar’s head. Very minor chip on base of tureen. Lower tusk of boar has point broken off, strange underglaze brown mark near rump of right horse (stand). Battle scenes inspired by engravings by Jacob Andreas Friedrich after paintings by George Phillip Rugendas the elder.

By the late 1730s Meissen was producing porcelain table services that rivaled the magnificence of those made of silver. This tureen, derived from a French silver prototype, is superbly painted with battle scenes taken from contemporary engravings.


Tureen: crossed swords in underglaze blue (faint); impressed 23 or 25. Stand: crossed swords in underglaze blue; impressed 27.


Alfred Horstmann (b. 1879 - d. 1948), Berlin [see note 1]. 1945, Erna Stiebel, New York; October 18, 1945, sold by Mrs. Stiebel to Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York; October 18, 1945, sold by Rosenberg and Stiebel to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1879 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

[1] According to the receipt from Rosenberg and Stiebel to Forsyth Wickes (October 18, 1945).

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection