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Tureen

1805-1806 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

A tureen is a covered vessel for holding hot soup. From the mid-17th century, all the highest levels of society throughout Europe followed a system of formal dining that originated in France. The practice was for all the dishes of one course to be laid out on the table at one time, arranged in a strictly symmetrical pattern. When each course was completed, the dishes were removed and replaced with the next course. The first course began with soup, generally served in tureens of an oval form. By the early 19th century, tureens in silver and Sheffield plate also began to appear in rectangular form.


Object details

Categories
Object type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Tureen
  • Lid for a Tureen
Materials and techniques
Silver, raised and engraved
Brief description
Silver, London hallmarks for 1805-6, mark of R.& S. Hennell
Physical description
Silver, (one of a set of four), oblong with domed lid surmounted by a ribbed, octagonal, looped handle; the body with bulged sides and gadrooned rim; rising handle with flat top.
Dimensions
  • Height: 6.25in
  • Length: 8in
  • Width: 4.125in
Marks and inscriptions
  • London hallmarks for 1805-6
  • Mark of Robert and Samuel Hennell
  • Engraved with the arms of Strangways
Credit line
Bequeathed by Reginald Dyson
Object history
Acquisition RF: 43 / 1020
Bequest - R J Dyson Esq.
In Reg Des a set of four

Neg._No: J 1165
Subjects depicted
Summary
A tureen is a covered vessel for holding hot soup. From the mid-17th century, all the highest levels of society throughout Europe followed a system of formal dining that originated in France. The practice was for all the dishes of one course to be laid out on the table at one time, arranged in a strictly symmetrical pattern. When each course was completed, the dishes were removed and replaced with the next course. The first course began with soup, generally served in tureens of an oval form. By the early 19th century, tureens in silver and Sheffield plate also began to appear in rectangular form.
Collection
Accession number
M.47A/1, 2-1943

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Record createdMarch 4, 2004
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