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A6510 'Boar's head' tureen with cover and stand, earthenware with majolica glazes, made by Mintons, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, 1878. Click to enlarge.

Boar’s head covered tureen

Made by Minton and Co in Staffordshire, England, 1878.

This tureen was made for serving soups and stews at a lavishly set table. It is one of the most spectacular examples of richly coloured ‘majolica ware’ made by the English company Mintons in the late 1800s.

It is unknown how many of these striking objects were made by Mintons (1) and surviving examples are very rare. Mintons’ archival photographs of an unpainted set (covered dish and serving platter) refer to this design as a pie dish, and the marks on the base, which include a Registered Desig...


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Object Statement

'Boar's head' tureen with cover and stand, earthenware with majolica glazes, made by Mintons, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, 1878

Physical Description

A sculptural tureen and cover naturalistically modelled in earthenware with majolica glaze, the oval soup dish cast in two parts in the shape of a boar's head with upward pointing snout and tusks, recessed eyes and swept back ears. The textured fur is painted with rich aubergine and brown glazes and is covered in places with green oak leaves and herbs, mostly on one side. The tureen stands on an oval, leaf-shaped platter or stand, whose central light-blue reserve is shaped to match the tureen's flat base, which covers it completely when assembled for use. The platter is decorated with a diamond shaped pattern covered in emerald green glaze on which there is an oak branch moulded in high relief around the tureen's base. One one side, a bunch of grasses or herbs sit on top of a hunting sword with a dragon head on its handle. The other side features a sword in a scabbard with its handle broken off. The interiors of the tureen and cover are painted in pale blue.



277 mm


540 mm


380 mm



This is Mintons' reproduction of a 1755 Chelsea Porcelain Factory design. Minton archives refer to the item 'pie dish'. Model No 2141. Design registred in 1877. The old moulds were destroyed in 1926. There is a sepia photograph from the shape books in Minton archives.

Comparison with original Chelsea design: While there appear to be small differences in the modelling and painting of the boar's head, the background of the rococo stand, which was originally left in white porcelain or painted pink, has been given a distinctively Victorian character by replacing white areas with a bright aniline-green glaze. The pattern decorating the stand was initially inspired by a hunter's waistcoat, with some braiding still visible on one side.


Credit Line

Purchased 1976

Acquisition Date

10 May 1976

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Boar's head covered tureen 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 September 2019, <>


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