A large Strasbourg faience cabbage tureen
Naturalistically rendered model of a white cabbage, the inner leaves forming the lid. Unmarked. Restorations to the tips of the leaves. H c. 21, D 33.5 cm.
Paul Hannong period, c. 1750 - 54.
The cabbage tureen is generally associated with the production for the Clemenswerth hunting service. In the "Protocollum Inventarisationis", which was drawn up after the death of Elector Clemens August in Clemenswerth Castle, "2 Cape heads" are mentioned. In total there were more than 120 tureens in vegetable or animal form, which refer to the contents, i.e. the dish inside. The original order from the faience producer Paul Hannong in Strasbourg was made on the condition that all the pieces would be ready for the hunting season in the autumn of 1751. So they were actually set for the hunting dinners, together with plates for over 100 people.
The fate of the service in Clemenswerth is known to us - it was sold on the art market after 1942. The terrines are considered the finest products of European faience culture of the 18th century.
Private collection, Westphalia.
For this service cf.: Köllmann, Porzellan und Fayence am Hofe Clemens Augusts, in: Kurfürst Clemens August. Landesherr und Mäzen des 18. Jahrhunderts, Cologne 1961, p. 330.
Cf. cat. Clemens August Fürstbischof, Jagdherr, Mäzen, Meppen/Sögel 1987, p. 475 ff. and no. 276.14.