Tureen in the shape of a boar’s head

Unknownc.1760 -

National Palace of Sintra

National Palace of Sintra
Sintra, Portugal

Large display tureen in the shape of a boar’s head with large, prominent ears, slit eyes and a mouth with the teeth and tongue visible. Made of thick, heavy porcelain, the piece has been given a very careful and detailed naturalistic decoration with enamels from the “famille rose”. Consisting of two parts (body and lid), these tureens are inspired upon European models. Their excellent state of conservation shows that they have been used infrequently, and it is likely that their function was essentially a decorative one, being used for display purposes only.
The first pieces of Chinese porcelain to be commissioned in this way were introduced into Europe by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Two centuries later, the western market was already inundated with a diversified range of articles referred to as “Export China”, the most notable of these being the privately commissioned dinner services, frequently bearing the coats of arms of their owners, which sometimes had several hundreds of pieces of varying types.


  • Title: Tureen in the shape of a boar’s head
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: c.1760 -
  • Location: China, Qing Dinasty, Qianlong period
  • Rights Information: National Palace of Sintra / Inês Ferro
  • Physical Dimensions: w25.6 x h28 x d38 cm
  • Photo: Escola Profissional de Imagem (EPI)-Curso de Fotografia/Tomás Monteiro, Anastácia Spodoba, Maria Dionísio/João Nogueira/Alexandre Santos, 2013.
  • Original Title (portuguese): Terrina em forma de cabeça de javali
  • Material(s) / Technique(s): Decorated porcelain with “famille rose” enamels and gold
  • Image Rights: © Palácio Nacional de Sintra / PSML
  • Type: Ceramics, Porcelain

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