Object StatementTureen, with cover and stand, 'Boar's head', earthenware, made by Mintons Ltd, Stoke, Staffordshire, England, 1878
Physical DescriptionA 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.
MarksPlatter, Impressed on base 'MINTONS', Rd design stamp and parcel no 6, date codes for 1878.
Tureen, Impressed on base 'MINTONS', Rd design stamp and parcel no 6, date codes for 1878.