Happy Thanksgiving!

During the 18th century tureens ceased to be vessels only for soup, stew, or sauce and became masterpieces of sculpture. Ceramic factories often modeled tureens in the form of game birds, ranging from a small partridge three inches wide to this life-size turkey, which is on view in the DIA's Fashionable Living galleries. These pieces epitomized the 18th century’s love of nature and novelty.

Tureen in the Form of a Turkey, Strasbourg Hannong Factory, French, c. 1755, tin-glazed earthenware with polychrome decoration. Detroit Institute of Arts