Covered Chestnut Bowl and Stand (marronière)
painted by Denis Levé (French, active 1754–1805)
Covered Chestnut Bowl and Stand (marronière), 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
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.
This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.