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Vintage Silverplate "Loving Cup" Soup Tureen

Vintage Silverplate "Loving Cup" Soup Tureen

$450.00

"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 thus 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 Vintage Silverplate Soup Tureen. With exuberant side handles, we adore the majestic "Loving Cup" silhouette of this magnificent tureen. The elegantly curved lid is notched to accommodate a ladle and a simple oval handle creates the perfect finial.

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


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good original condition with a spot of wear to the bottom interior of the tureen as shown in the alternate images. Circa 1920s. 11" x 15.5" handle to handle.

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