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Antique Silverplate Soup Tureen

Antique Silverplate Soup Tureen

$750.00

"Beautiful soup, so rich and green,
Waiting in a hot tureen!"
~Mock Turtle in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Soup. Whether warm or cold, whether sweet and fruity or hearty and savory, whether a clear bouillon or a thick bisque, whether served as a first course or as a main dish, we have been eating soups for millennia.

As is the case with much of Western food culture, the French defined and refined how soup was to be prepared and served and beginning in the late 17th century, soup was presented and served from its own specific piece of tableware called a tureen. What began as a simple, covered communal serving bowl, was elevated during the reign of Louis XIV into one of the most richly ornamented centerpieces of the dining table.

In fact it was at this time period that the old custom of dressing the dinner table with every dish at once, was replaced with the new practice of separate courses at meal time - each course entering from the kitchen with an air of ceremony. Soup remained the first course of most meals, from the king's table to the peasant's, and the impressive, decorative soup tureen provided the opening ceremony which set the tone for the entire meal.

From the silver markets of England, we are proud to offer this lovely Antique Silverplate Soup Tureen. Coming to us from Barker Brothers Silversmiths of Birmingham, England, we adore the classic oval silhouette of this lovely tureen. This gorgeous tureen features a decorative handle on its lid, elegant reed detail side handles and a beaded edge around its top rim.

Certain to take center stage on your table or display handsomely on your buffet, this classic and lasting piece of shining silver will make quite an introduction at your first course or elegantly serve a hearty main course of soup.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good original antique condition with a discreet, slightly darker soldered repair to the handle as shown in the alternate images. Circa 1920s. 10.25"H x 9" x 13.25" handle to handle.

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