Silver tureen, French, 18th c.

Silver tureen, 1757–59. Marked by Edme-Pierre Balzac (French, 1705–ca. 1786). French; Paris. H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm), W. 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm), L. 15 3/8 in. (39.1 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Balzac's tureens are notable for their highly sculptural finials; in this case, a stag is being pulled down by three hounds—perhaps an allusion to the type of stew the tureen might contain.