Hen and chick soup tureen
Soft-paste porcelain, painted in enamels
Made at the Chelsea porcelain factory
Museum no. C.75 to B-1946
Given by Stephen, 6th Baron Lilford in accordance with the wishes of his brother John, 5th Baron Lilford
Porcelain factories in continental Europe were often run under royal or aristocratic patronage. In England, however, factories were founded as commercial undertakings. They typically concentrated on cheaper wares.
The Chelsea porcelain factory was an exception. It frequently set out to rival continental productions with elaborate pieces such as this soup tureen, where the naturalistic design echoes Meissen's work.