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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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A Collection of Blue & White Lidded Tureens Including Booth's
Nov 14, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Collection of Blue & White Lidded Tureens Including Booth's
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD201 Bid
A RUSSIAN PORCELAIN SAUCE TUREEN with matching soon. 24 cm x 12 cm. (2)
Nov 03, 10:00 AM GMT
A RUSSIAN PORCELAIN SAUCE TUREEN with matching soon. 24 cm x 12 cm. (2)
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £30- £50
£41 Bid
Terrine mit Blumenmalerei.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Terrine mit Blumenmalerei.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€1700 Bids
Vintage Japan Red Transferware Tureen Set
Nov 27, 2:00 PM EST
Vintage Japan Red Transferware Tureen Set
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $75- $150
$350 Bids
FOUR ITEMS OF H. & R. DANIEL 'MAYFLOWER' PATTERN PORCELAIN
Nov 17, 10:30 AM GMT
FOUR ITEMS OF H. & R. DANIEL 'MAYFLOWER' PATTERN PORCELAIN
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £50- £100
£300 Bids
Vintage White Ironstone Covered Tureen
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage White Ironstone Covered Tureen
by Nye & Company
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Faiences
Nov 03, 6:30 PM CET
Faiences
by Vanderkindere
Est: €700- €900
€7000 Bids
An Italian ceramic tureen by Zeta Bassano 20th C
Oct 28, 5:00 PM CEST
An Italian ceramic tureen by Zeta Bassano 20th C
by Duran Arte Y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
An European porcelain tureen. 20th Century
Oct 28, 5:00 PM CEST
An European porcelain tureen. 20th Century
by Duran Arte Y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
A French porcelaine tureen. 20th Century
Oct 28, 5:00 PM CEST
A French porcelaine tureen. 20th Century
by Duran Arte Y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€800 Bids
Antique / Vintage Hens on Nest Form Tureens
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique / Vintage Hens on Nest Form Tureens
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $80- $125
$400 Bids
Flight, Barr & Barr Turquoise Ground Porcelain Armorial Part Dinner Service
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
Flight, Barr & Barr Turquoise Ground Porcelain Armorial Part Dinner Service
by Stair
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
Two Italian Porcelain Bunny Form Tureens and Covers
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
Two Italian Porcelain Bunny Form Tureens and Covers
by Stair
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
EARLY FRENCH FAIENCE LIDDED TUREEN
Nov 13, 11:00 AM EST
EARLY FRENCH FAIENCE LIDDED TUREEN
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
PERSIAN POTTERY TUREEN
Nov 13, 11:00 AM EST
PERSIAN POTTERY TUREEN
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Mary Kirk Kelly Porcelain Cabbage Form Tureen and Cover
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
Mary Kirk Kelly Porcelain Cabbage Form Tureen and Cover
by Stair
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
ENGLISH BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN TUREEN
Nov 12, 11:00 AM EST
ENGLISH BLUE AND WHITE PORCELAIN TUREEN
by DuMouchelles
Est: $50- $75
$250 Bids
A MIXED LOT OF 4 DISHES, 2 PLATES AND A TUREEN BOWL
Nov 09, 9:30 AM CET
A MIXED LOT OF 4 DISHES, 2 PLATES AND A TUREEN BOWL
by Nagel Auction
Est: €600- €601
€6000 Bids
Floral decorated Royal Crown porcelain soup tureen
Oct 28, 11:30 PM EDT
Floral decorated Royal Crown porcelain soup tureen
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $30- $35
$100 Bids
Five Chinese Export Lids & Underplates
Nov 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Five Chinese Export Lids & Underplates
by Alex Cooper
Est: $250- $350
$1250 Bids
MOTTAHEDEH CREAMWARE TUREEN & UNDERPLATE
Oct 28, 9:00 AM PDT
MOTTAHEDEH CREAMWARE TUREEN & UNDERPLATE
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$750 Bids
Terrine mit Platte,Dekor Alt Strassburg,Fayence,Luneville-Frankreich,zusammen
Nov 20, 11:00 AM CET
Terrine mit Platte,Dekor Alt Strassburg,Fayence,Luneville-Frankreich,zusammen
by Auction Partners
Est: €50- €0
€500 Bids
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A Pair of American Silver Stag Covered Sauce Tureens, circa 1870 Marks: (efface
Nov 16, 10:00 AM CST
A Pair of American Silver Stag Covered Sauce Tureens, circa 1870 Marks: (efface
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids

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