Antique Faience Cabbage Form Soup Tureen Hand-Painted in Brussels Circa 1765

$18,700.00

This faience soup tureen was made in the Philippe Mombaers factory in Brussels circa 1765; the cabbage tureen, its cover, and stand are painted in green tones with yellow highlights. The color combination is exquisite. The tureen is a gem of naturalism. Beautifully molded, the cabbage sits on a stand formed by cabbage leaves. The finial is in the form of a snail. Practiced gardeners know that snails are often found in the cabbage patch late in the growing season. A snail munching on this faience cabbage would have delighted the dinner guests when the soup tureen was presented at the table. Tureens in vegetable and animal forms were the height of a fashionable table setting in the Louis XV period.

Dimensions: 14″ diameter of base x 9″ tall

Condition: Good. The snail’s antennae are restored. There are some very tiny losses to the glaze. There is a very fine, thin, professionally sealed hairline on the cover (See image #7). It can only be seen from the inside. Minor structural damages. A thin, professionally stabilized hairline on the cover (See image #7). It can only be seen from the inside of the tureen.

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History of Mombaers Faience

Of the four faience factories located in Brussels in the 18th century, the one led by the Mombaers family was the most remarkable. Corneille Mombaers founded the family’s first factory in 1705 in the Rue de Laeken. Philippe Mombaers, son of Corneille, took over the running of the factory in 1724. In 1754 the management was taken over by his son-in-law. The peak of production was in this period of the mid-18th century when the fashion for vegetable and animal form faience terrines became popular with the aristocracy throughout Europe.


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