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Tureen in the Shape of a Boar’s Head

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1748-1753Höchst Porcelain Manufactory

This Boar’s Head-tureen from the Höchst porcelain manufactory is incredibly realistic with its mouth wide open and its sharp incisors displayed. Generally, these tureens were used to serve game-ragout. The upper half of the head may be removed and the nostrils allow the steam of the dish inside to escape. Decorative dishes such as this tureen mark a particular climax at the royal dining table. They hark back to the Medieval tradition of naturally rendered animals at banquets that were displayed as decoration to begin with, but were usually consumed throughout the course of the meal. This type of decorative faience-tableware were made to resemble the prey of the royal hunters as closely as possible.