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Jean-Siméon Chardin
The Silver Tureen
ca. 1728–30
Oil on canvas

30 x 42 1/2 inches
Fletcher Fund, 1959

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Excerpt from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:

Jean Siméon Chardin
The Silver Tureen, ca. 1728–30

In 1728 Chardin was admitted to the French Academy, and achieved immediate and lasting fame as a painter of still life. This picture is unusual in that it combines motifs from the kitchen and the hunt. The covered silver tureen is an elegant, expensive vessel of a sort he depicted only rarely.

Chardin paints the feathers of the bird and the coat of the hare with great subtlety, contrasting their stiffening stillness with the tense body of the crouching cat. The composition is balanced with great care.

Collection Record:
Jean Siméon Chardin, The Silver Tureen, ca. 1728–30, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Chardin, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, June 19–September 3, 2000, [no. 17.]


Jean-Siméon Chardin, French, (1699–1779)
b. November 2, 1699,  Paris
d. 1779,  Paris

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