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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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(4) Longaberger Pottery Ivory Woven Traditions Tureens/Bowls
Feb 29, 6:00 PM EST
(4) Longaberger Pottery Ivory Woven Traditions Tureens/Bowls
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$206 Bids
A polychrome covered tureen and an oval stand, 20th century
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
A polychrome covered tureen and an oval stand, 20th century
by Gibson's
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD3201 Bid
A large iron-red and gilt decorated duck-shaped tureen and cover, 20th century
Mar 03, 11:00 AM AEDT
A large iron-red and gilt decorated duck-shaped tureen and cover, 20th century
by Gibson's
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1201 Bid
Large Antique Kayserzinn Germany 3 Handled Tureen
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Large Antique Kayserzinn Germany 3 Handled Tureen
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Zuppiera con vassoio e due piattini - Tureen with tray and two saucers
Mar 14, 6:30 PM CET
Zuppiera con vassoio e due piattini - Tureen with tray and two saucers
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €400- €500
€2400 Bids
BORDALLO PINHEIRO Vtg Mallard Soup Tureen & Ladle
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
BORDALLO PINHEIRO Vtg Mallard Soup Tureen & Ladle
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $100
$10 Bids
2 Antique English Caneware Covered Tureens
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
2 Antique English Caneware Covered Tureens
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $300- $400
$1000 Bids
Antique English Caneware Covered Tureen Eggs
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Antique English Caneware Covered Tureen Eggs
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
De Lamerie lidded tureen in the 'Bow' pattern. Height: approx. 21cm
Mar 08, 10:00 AM GMT
De Lamerie lidded tureen in the 'Bow' pattern. Height: approx. 21cm
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £100- £200
£500 Bids
Tureen & Covered Vegetable Dish
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Tureen & Covered Vegetable Dish
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$300 Bids
Zuppiera con vassoio - Tureen with tray
Mar 13, 6:30 PM CET
Zuppiera con vassoio - Tureen with tray
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €150- €200
€1000 Bids
Zuppiera e vassoio Florio - Florio tureen and tray
Mar 13, 6:30 PM CET
Zuppiera e vassoio Florio - Florio tureen and tray
by Galleria Sarno
Est: €150- €200
€500 Bids
CONTINENTAL HAND PAINTED PORCELAIN COVERED TUREEN, CIRCA 1910. FLORALS
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
CONTINENTAL HAND PAINTED PORCELAIN COVERED TUREEN, CIRCA 1910. FLORALS
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $150- $200
$1200 Bids
GROSSE SUPPENTERRINE
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
GROSSE SUPPENTERRINE
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€50 Bids
Antique English Caneware Covered Tureen Chicks
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Antique English Caneware Covered Tureen Chicks
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $700- $900
$1000 Bids
Antique English WS Caneware Pottery Egg Tureen
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Antique English WS Caneware Pottery Egg Tureen
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $700- $900
$1000 Bids
Antique English Caneware Pottery Tureen w Coddlers
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Antique English Caneware Pottery Tureen w Coddlers
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
KLEINE TERRINE UND TELLER MIT GALANTEM PAAR
Mar 07, 10:00 AM CET
KLEINE TERRINE UND TELLER MIT GALANTEM PAAR
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €300- €600
€3000 Bids
TRENTHAM Antique C. 1870s Tureen W/ Plate & Spoon
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
TRENTHAM Antique C. 1870s Tureen W/ Plate & Spoon
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$10 Bids
Fraureuth Saxony Porcelain & Gilt Covered Tureen
Feb 29, 10:00 AM EST
Fraureuth Saxony Porcelain & Gilt Covered Tureen
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$10 Bids
Hand Painted Ceramic Duck Tureen, Italy
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Hand Painted Ceramic Duck Tureen, Italy
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$10 Bids
Dodie Thayer, Lettuce Ware covered tureen with plate
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Dodie Thayer, Lettuce Ware covered tureen with plate
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,3000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Tureens


Greenwich Auction

Greenwich Auction

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

Galleria Sarno

Galleria Sarno

Gibson's

Gibson's