Brussels Faience Soup Tureen Circa 1765


From the Collection of Mario Buatta
Mario was Bardith’s best client for over forty years. Whenever he was in the shop he had a joke to tell. He would have loved the idea of a snail munching on his 18th century hand-painted cabbage tureen.

The tureen is a gem of naturalism. The cabbage sits on a fixed stand formed by cabbage leaves. Practiced gardeners know that snails are often found in the cabbage patch late in the growing season. On this tureen the snail sits at the top forming the finial.

Dimensions: 7.5″ tall x 11″ at widest point

Condition: There is a very fine and faint 2″ vertical hairline which barely can be seen in close-up image # 8 descending from the top straight down.

Background of Faience

Faience, or tin-glazed and enameled earthenware, first emerged in France during the sixteenth century, reaching widespread usage among elite patrons during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Although characterized as more provincial in style than porcelain, French faience was used at the court of Louis XIV as part of elaborate meals and displays.


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