A fine and rare Chelsea leveret tureen and cover, circa 1755

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Lot 199
A fine and rare Chelsea leveret tureen and cover, circa 1755

Sold for £ 15,000 (US$ 18,349) inc. premium
A fine and rare Chelsea leveret tureen and cover, circa 1755
The delightful small box with a well-fitting cover, naturalistically modelled as a young rabbit resting alertly, its front legs extended, enamelled with irregular light brown markings, 9.8cm long, 6.8cm high, red anchor mark inside lid, both the base and the cover numbered 516 also in red enamel (2)

Footnotes

  • Similar small tureens appear to have been included in the 1755 sale of Chelsea porcelain conducted by Mr Ford at his Great Room in Haymarket, London. Lot 18 on the second day of the sale comprised 'Two small fine cabbage-leaves, and 4 rabbits, for desart'. Rabbit tureens as 'big as life' were also included. The 1755 sale catalogue is reproduced by John C Austin, Chelsea Porcelain at Williamsburg (1977), Appendix. A pair is illustrated by F Severne Mackenna, Chelsea Porcelain, The Red Anchor Wares (1951), pl.70. The tureens appear to be based on a leveret model produced in the raised anchor period, see Elizabeth Adams, Chelsea Porcelain (2001), fig 14.2. More recently, a pair was sold by Christie's London on 14 May 2003, lots 230 and 231.
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A fine and rare Chelsea leveret tureen and cover, circa 1755
A fine and rare Chelsea leveret tureen and cover, circa 1755
A fine and rare Chelsea leveret tureen and cover, circa 1755
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