A Pair of Tureens
The restrained design of these very elegant tureens, with their completely plain, slightly curved bodies, is typical of The Hague silver. The only embellishments are the knobs on the covers, the handles incorporating rocailles and the attachment of the four feet in Louis XV style. The maker, Gregorius van der Toorn, needed almost no ornament to make these tureens beautiful. This can only be achieved when the basic shapes are perfectly proportioned.
Very few large Dutch eighteenth-century silver tureens have survived and a pair of this size is quite exceptional. Just six other large pairs are known and described in the literature and one of those has now been split up. It is striking that most of these known examples were made in The Hague. These tureens by Gregorius van der Toorn are the earliest surviving pair.
|Made in:||The Hague|
|Maker:||Gregorius van der Toorn|
|Style period:||Louis XV|
|Dimensions:||28 x 37 cm (h x l)|