Swan Service tureen with the combined arms of Count Brühl, Shape "Swan", 36 x 33 cm
Swan Service tureen with the combined arms of Count Brühl, Shape "Swan", 36 x 33 cm
Swan Service tureen with the combined arms of Count Brühl, Shape "Swan", 36 x 33 cm
Swan Service tureen with the combined arms of Count Brühl, Shape "Swan", 36 x 33 cm
Swan Service tureen with the combined arms of Count Brühl, Shape "Swan", 36 x 33 cm
  • Swan Service tureen with the combined arms of Count Brühl, Shape "Swan", 36 x 33 cm
  • Swan Service tureen with the combined arms of Count Brühl, Shape "Swan", 36 x 33 cm
  • Swan Service tureen with the combined arms of Count Brühl, Shape "Swan", 36 x 33 cm
  • Swan Service tureen with the combined arms of Count Brühl, Shape "Swan", 36 x 33 cm

Swan Service tureen with the combined arms of Count Brühl, Shape "Swan", 36 x 33 cm

Never was dining a more lavish affair than at the home of Count Brühl (1700-1763) and his heirs. This was largely down to Johann Joachim Kaendler, Johann Friedrich Eberlein and Johann Gottlieb Ehder, who designed the "Swan Service", the greatest masterpiece of Baroque porcelain art, between 1737 and 1742. Relief-moulded shapes and figures from the realms of the oceans and Greek mythology adorn each of its 2,000-plus items. The service owes its name to the sculpted swans that can be espied floating around on much of the ware.

This newly created tureen likewise incorporates several filigree works of great Meissen porcelain art from the Baroque. Allegorical figures were highly fashionable as table ornaments in around 1740, a trend inspired by park statuary. They adorn the cover and the stand of the tureen along with little cherubs who also exercise load-bearing functions as little feet, a handle or a finial. Johann Friedrich Eberlein surmounted the cover with a cupid riding a dolphin. Handles supported by tiny cherubs are similarly designed as dolphins. Out of their mouths spout consummately modelled and finely coloured water lilies, snails, crabs and seashells that run around the belly of the tureen to the arms of Count Brühl. It is wholly justifiable that these form the central point of focus of the filigree decoration, since it is, after all, the Count's elitist taste we have to thank for this opulent item of Baroque art - part of a service but a spectacular gem in its own right too.

SKU: 905684-05033-1
Weight: 4800 g
Limited to 25 pieces.

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