Chelsea Porcelain Factory
Museum no.C.75 to B-1946
This tureen was described in 1755 as 'a most beautiful tureen in the shape of a hen and chickens, big as the life in a curious dish adorn'd with sunflowers'. Although apparently based on a print by the English artist Francis Barlow, the basic idea derives from the naturalistically modelled tablewares made during the 1740's at the great Meissen porcelain factory in Germany. The Meissen type is here translated into the English soft-paste material in which the sharpness of detailing characteristic of Meissen is muted, an effect much appreciated by connoisseurs of early English porcelain.