Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1950
Not on view
This tureen was part of a large dinner service delivered in 1758 to the Danish king Frederik V as a gift of Louis XV. This was the first service to be produced with the newly-developed green ground color, and it must have been regarded as an extremely fashionable and lavish gift. Diplomatic correspondence indicates that the French king's gift was in response to gift of stallions from Frederik V.
Inscription: Painted in red on bottom: Г • Ч • / 711 [transliterated: G.U.] (for Gofmarshalskoye Uchastye, or Court Household Administration, and inventory number of Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg)
Marking: Painted in blue enamel on underside of tureen: (in center)  Crossed Ls (Vincennes factory mark); (near one foot)  D (date letter for 1757)
Incised on underside:  g
Frederick V, King of Denmark ; Catherine II, Empress of Russia ; [ possibly Stiebel Ltd. , New York, before 1950; sold to Wilson ] ; R. Thornton Wilson (until 1950; to MMA)