Although the floral decoration and red-shadowed gilding of the present example are somewhat reminiscent of the pink-ground service supplied by Madame Duvaux to the maréchal-duc de Richelieu in January 1759, that service, as listed by David Peters, Sevres Plates and Services of the 18th century, Vol. II, p. 303, did not include a tureen. However, the author does comment upon the probability of the service having been supplemented by two tureens or "pots à oille" at a later date and refers to the sale of a pink-ground service at Christie's, London, in 1829 with decoration similar to the Richelieu pieces, described as "'exquisitely painted with fruits and flowers'... and [including] 2 'soup turennes, covers and stands'". The author also lists examples of other similarly decorated pink-ground terrines and pots à oille of the same period in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, and the Musée du Petit Palais, Paris.
Born in 1899, Erich von Goldschmidt-Rothschild was third the son of Baron Maximilien Benedict Hayum Goldschmidt and Baroness Minna Caroline de Rothschild and grandson of Baron Wilhelm Karl and Baroness Mathilde von Rothschild. Following his marriage to Countess Veronica Henkel in 1925 he made the decision to leave Germany with his family and sold his collection in 1931. The present tureen and cover was photographed in situ in hisTiergarten home by Marta Huth shortly before that sale and is illustrated, along with other photos of the home's richly decorated interiors, in Berliner Lebenswelten der zwanziger Jahre, p. 155, top row, third from the left.
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