This lifelike and grotesque tureen in the form of a boar's head was made by Chelsea.
Boar's Head Tureen by Nicholas Sprimont, c. 17551759
© Ashmolean Museum
- Soft-paste porcelain Dimensions: 27 x 39.1 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £80,701 ( Total: £237,565; Tax remission)
- Acquired in:
- Private vendor
It is one of only three complete examples of arguably the most ambitious and elaborate type of vessel ever made by the company, and is a spectacular example of English rococo tableware. It was the centrepiece of one of the greatest surviving collections of 18th-century English porcelain formed for a grand Yorkshire house.
The collection of porcelain, of which the tureen forms the centrepiece, is listed in a Cooke-Yarborough family inventory of 1871, where it is stated to be 'from Streetthorpe' (Streetthorpe Hall near Doncaster was built by George Cooke-Yarborough c.1770 but now largely destroyed); by descent to a private collection.