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Vintage Silverplate Italian Oceanliner Tureen

Vintage Silverplate Italian Oceanliner Tureen

$975.00

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"Friend of the Islands"


Often overshadowed by the more famous British, German and French ocean liners, the ships that sailed under the flag of Italy exhibited a graceful and exuberant style that made all the other liners seem stodgy and boring by comparison. Indeed, many of the features pioneered by Italian ocean liners, such as outdoor “lidos” and the concept of dining as entertainment, are now mainstays on modern cruise ships.

Founded in 1936, Tirrenia di Navigazione was an Italian shipping company under state control that operated both freight and passenger ships between several Italian ports and the Mediterranean Sea. Connecting the mainland of Italy with the islands of Sardinia, Sicily and Tunisia, Tirrenia began with a fleet of 55 ships and ensured the territorial continuity of the Kingdom of Italy throughout the year. The company continued to expand until WWII when its best ships were called into military service. By wars end, Tirrenia had lost a total of 50 ships and began the slow process of actually recovering a number of its sunken ships and repairing them so that they could sail once again.

Offering a level of service to rival the more famous ocean liners, Tirrenia equipped its ships with elegant table settings and rich, silver serving pieces. Produced by the famed Fratelli Broggi Silversmiths of Milan, this majestic silverplated soup tureen is the perfect of example of the level of service offered aboard the ships of Tirrenia. With a classically elegant shape and an impressive weight similar to that of classic American hotel silver, it boasts lovely details in its handles, finial and the regal Tirrenia crest stamped into both the side and lid of the tureen. 

This extremely rare tureen is a stately memento from the glorious era of Italy's legendary ocean liners. It is sure to take center stage on your table during the holidays and in your silver collection throughout the year.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good vintage condition bearing only gentle signs of age and use. Circa 1940. 13 1/2" handle to handle x 10" tall.

 

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