This goose tureen is a significant example of Chinese export porcelain made for the European market in the second half of the eighteenth century. Its large scale and sculptural form attest to its ambition. The number of surviving tureens of this model testify to the popularity of the form, and examples with coats of arms indicate that many were made for the Portuguese and Spanish markets. This tureen would have been accompanied by a stand, but as in this case, most surviving Chinese export porcelain animal-form tureens have become separated from their stands. The tureen’s enamel decoration is a fine example of Chinese export from the years around 1770.
[Jeffrey H. Munger, 2014]
[ sale, Christie's, London , October 13, 1975, lot 81 ] ; Mrs. Douglas Dillon , New York (until 2014; to MMA)