Rabbit Tureen

Chelsea Porcelain Manufactoryc.1755-1756

Gardiner Museum

Gardiner Museum
Toronto, Canada

A naturalistic, life-sized tureen in the form of a crouching rabbit, munching upon a leaf of lettuce upon which is a small snail. Several other lettuce leaves flank the figure. The lid encompasses the ears and part of the back of the rabbit. The rabbit is white with patches of a brownish-purple painted on the body and edges of the ears, the interior of which are painted in a flesh colour. The muzzle and eyes are painted in brown with some flesh colour. All the leaves are painted naturalistically in blue and green with puce veins.

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  • Title: Rabbit Tureen
  • Creator: Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory
  • Date Created: c.1755-1756
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall (G94.2.1.1-2): 22.9 x 33.7 x 17.8 cm (9 x 13 1/4 x 7 in.)
  • Medium: Glassy (frit) soft-paste porcelain with overglaze enamels
  • Culture: English
  • Credit Line: Purchased with a gift from Dr. Walter S. Bloom and Carol Bloom Koffler in memory of their mother, Adele S. Bloom, a collector and connoisseur of English porcelain; with a grant from the Government of Canada, Ministry of Communications under the terms of t