Covered Chestnut Bowl and Stand (Marronnière)

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Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory (Sèvres, France, founded 1756)
Painted by Denis Levé (French, active 1754–1805)
Covered Chestnut Bowl and Stand (Marronnière), 1757–58
Soft paste porcelain, vert ground color, polychrome enamels, and gilding
tureen: 7 1/8 × 7 7/16 × 5 13/16 in. (18.1 × 18.89 × 14.83 cm) stand: 1 5/8 × 11 9/16 × 8 13/16 in. (4.13 × 29.37 × 22.38 cm)
Bequest of Mrs. Arthur J. Riebs given in memory of her father C.W. George Everhart, and her mother Lillian Boynton Everhart M1959.194a,b,c
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
Currently on View

The purpose of this extraordinary covered bowl and stand is revealed by the sculptural knop on the cover modeled in the form of a cluster of chestnuts. Such baskets were for a dessert of marrons glacés, an elegant preparation of chestnuts. The elaborate piercing on the bowl permitted air to circulate around the chestnuts and excess liquid to drain.

Publication History
Sawinski, Catherine. From the Collection--Chestnut Bowl and Stand. Milwaukee Art Museum: Under the Wings, July 12, 2013.

Andera, Margaret, Nonie Gadsden, Britt Salvesen, and Laurie Winters. Collection Guide: Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2004, pp. 16 and 68, cat. 16, color illus. p. 16.

Milwaukee Art Museum News, September/October 2001, p. 7.

Robertson, Cheryl. Beauty in Use: Porcelains from the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1994, p. 8, cat. 81.

Parke-Bernet Galleries, January 6, 7, and 8, 1944 [auction catalogue]. New York: Parket-Bernet Galleries, 1944, lot 470, illus. p. 95.

Chavagnac, Comte de Xavier Roger Marie. Catalogue of Porcelains Francaise de M. J. Pierpont Morgan. Paris, Imprimerie nationale, 1910, no. 91, color plate XXVII, Hathi Trust Digital Library, (accessed August 8, 2015).
Exhibition History
Beauty in Use: Porcelains from the Permanent Collection, Milwaukee Art Museum, May 6–September 4, 1994

This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.