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Tureens

Singularly essential for the elegant serving of soups, the ceramic tureen has appeared as part of refined table settings since the days of the 17th century service of the French kings. Tureens are considered equally elegant today, with their presence becoming increasingly frequent thanks to their combination of decorative flair and service utility.

The tureen came into popularity in the late 17th century as the ideal means for serving soup to a large party. Adding decoration to the tabletop, the tureen also preserved the temperature of the soup, allowing it to cool slowly and thus be enjoyed longer. So popular was the tureen that its smaller relative, the "écuelle," emerged, tailored to service for one.

The tureen became an essential serving piece included in all lines of fine dinnerware, allowing the form to evolve in response to consumer tastes and trends. From the ornate porcelain pieces of Sevres or Staffordshire to the sleeker designs of early 20th century modernism, the tureen lends itself to these variations while still upholding the grand tradition of elegant table service.


Quick Facts

  • The term "tureen" originates in the French language. Most believe it emerged as a misspelling of the French work "terrine," which refers to a long earthenware dish used for culinary mixtures, such as pate, to cure
  • One of the record-setting sales for a tureen occurred in 1996 at Sotheby's New York. Up for sale was a silver soup tureen designed for French King Louis XV in the workshop of acclaimed silversmith Thomas Germain. Weighing in at 30 pounds, the tureen sold for $10,000,000
  • One of the heirs of the Campbell's Soup corporation, John T. Dorrance, is known to have amassed the world's large soup tureen collection, now part of the collection of the Winterthur Museum in Delaware

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Large Mettlach, Villeroy & Boch, Lidded Tureen with Underplate
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CST
Large Mettlach, Villeroy & Boch, Lidded Tureen with Underplate
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $350- $450
$1751 Bid
Kleine Deckelterrine mit Blumendekor
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
Kleine Deckelterrine mit Blumendekor
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €240- €480
€2400 Bids
German Hochst Porcelain Tureen
Dec 07, 11:00 AM EST
German Hochst Porcelain Tureen
by Stair
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
British 19 Century Porcelain Serving Tureen
Dec 07, 5:00 PM EST
British 19 Century Porcelain Serving Tureen
by Absolute Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$200 Bids
Continental Faience Duck Form Tureen and Cover
Dec 07, 11:00 AM EST
Continental Faience Duck Form Tureen and Cover
by Stair
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
Portuguese Cabbage ware tureen plates, bowls & plates(6)
Dec 10, 10:00 AM GMT
Portuguese Cabbage ware tureen plates, bowls & plates(6)
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £15- £30
£150 Bids
A Made in China Taureen
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
A Made in China Taureen
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
SCHLAGGENWALD WARRANTE PORCELAIN & GOLD TUREEN 12"
Dec 06, 4:00 PM EST
SCHLAGGENWALD WARRANTE PORCELAIN & GOLD TUREEN 12"
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $40- $100
$100 Bids
A Pottery Taureen and Ladle
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Pottery Taureen and Ladle
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $40- $400
$400 Bids
ENOCH WOODS Porcelain Tureen W Lid
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
ENOCH WOODS Porcelain Tureen W Lid
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $80
$10 Bids
Vintage Ceramic Lobster Tureen
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Ceramic Lobster Tureen
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $30- $60
$10 Bids
A Chinese Export Taureen
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
A Chinese Export Taureen
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $2,200- $22,000
$2,2000 Bids
An Antique Taureen
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
An Antique Taureen
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Pottery Tureen By Gibson
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Pottery Tureen By Gibson
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Swaton China Taureen
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Swaton China Taureen
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
A tureen "Hen"
Dec 12, 6:00 PM GMT
A tureen "Hen"
by Cabral Moncada Leilões
Est: €1,500- €2,250
€1,5000 Bids
C. E. Coroy Green Forest Tureen and Platter
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
C. E. Coroy Green Forest Tureen and Platter
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Sur la Table Embossed Lidded Tureen with Ladle
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Sur la Table Embossed Lidded Tureen with Ladle
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $50- $100
$500 Bids
Ornate Italian Ceramic Tureen
Dec 31, 2:00 PM EST
Ornate Italian Ceramic Tureen
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $75- $150
$500 Bids
Vintage Japan Red Transferware Tureen Set
Dec 31, 2:00 PM EST
Vintage Japan Red Transferware Tureen Set
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $75- $150
$400 Bids
Continental Faience Duck Form Tureen and Cover
Dec 07, 11:00 AM EST
Continental Faience Duck Form Tureen and Cover
by Stair
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
A small oval tureen
Dec 12, 6:00 PM GMT
A small oval tureen
by Cabral Moncada Leilões
Est: €350- €525
€3400 Bids
VILLEROY & BOCH VIRGINIA ROUND LIDDED SOUP TUREEN
Dec 20, 5:00 PM EST
VILLEROY & BOCH VIRGINIA ROUND LIDDED SOUP TUREEN
by Auction by Daum
Est: $60- $100
$500 Bids
3 Terrafirma Pottery Serving Pieces by Ellen Evans
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
3 Terrafirma Pottery Serving Pieces by Ellen Evans
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $50- $100
$500 Bids

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