An early Dutch Tureen
Willem Brouwers, Bergen op Zoom, 1680/81
701 grams; Width overall 28.5 cm
Small tureens like this fine one, also known as ‘écuelles’, were often used by aristocratic ladies ‘à la mode française’, for having broth (bouillon) served for breakfast rather than porridge. Breakfast used to be served in the bedroom, while the lady was in the middle of her daily dressing ritual. The cover would protect the content from cooling and the two handles on either side would facilitate drinking from it.
This tureen is a unique and early object in the Bergen op Zoom silver oeuvre of a rediscovered silversmith and it shows Willem Brouwers’s skills as a master, whose maker’s mark is ‘tree in oval’.
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