A Rare Chelsea Melon Tureen and Cover

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A Rare Chelsea Melon Tureen and Cover

 

 

A rare Chelsea Melon Tureen and Cover, of the large size, the naturalistically lobed body modelled on its side and moulded in crisp low relief with the crackled skin, beautifully painted in tones of yellow, green and brown, applied with tendrils, leaves and flowers forming the handle.

Circa 1755

Melon tureens are mentioned in the Chelsea 1755 catalogue; First Day’s Sale, Monday 10th March, p.4, lot 38: ‘Two fine melons for desart’. The tureens were copied from Meissen and were made in two sizes of which this is the largest.

Dimensions
Length: 6½ ins. (17 cms.)

Item No. 1102

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