|Qianlong, circa 1770; German / Scandinavian Market; Tureen and cover 12-5/8" (32 cm) high; Stand 18" (45.5 cm) long.
A large export blue and white soup tureen, cover, and stand, boldly modeled in rococo style after a Hochst faience original and decorated with sprays of European flowers. The rococo shape of the tureen almost bordering on the grotesque and standing on heavy scroll feet with applied scallops and finger scroll handles, the scalloped cover with a convolvulus finial with a curling stem.
The shape of the tureen and cover probably derives from a silver original; Paul Hannong in Strasbourg first translated it into faience and then into porcelain, circa 1750. The model, called en baroque even though it is displaying a typical rococo shape, attracted great popularity and was widely copied in Germany and Scandinavia. It was probably the Hochst factory in Germany who sent a porcelain model of the tureen to China for copying. That an actual porcelain model was sent can be seen on the moulded irregular flute and ridges of the lid and the form of the base of the tureen, the Chinese would scarcely have been able to copy it otherwise.
Decorations vary from sprays of flowers to armorials, from famille rose to en camaieu.