Featured Identifying Blue & White Chinoiserie Tureens

Discussion in 'Pottery, Glass, and Porcelain' started by Soupster, Apr 3, 2024.

  1. Soupster

    Soupster New Member

    Hello Antiquers,

    I recently acquired these blue and white pearlware tureens but have been unable to find another example of the model. Has anyone seen them before / have an idea of the maker and perhaps value? Any insight would be greatly appreciated :)

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  2. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Size please.:)
    They look like butter dishes to me, shaped after wooden tubs.
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  3. Soupster

    Soupster New Member

    Thank you, they're approximately 9 cm high with base diameter of 9.75 cm, whilst max diameter is 15 cm. The holes on the lid are intriguing, do butter dishes ever come with that?
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  4. Lark

    Lark Well-Known Member

    AJ suggestion makes sense. The browning on the lower half of the one could be from the butter seeping into glaze crazing.
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  5. Lark

    Lark Well-Known Member

    size would help. I am assuming 4" based on tile in background.
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  6. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I didn't realize they went all the way through.:oops:
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  7. Soupster

    Soupster New Member

    That's no problem, I should have uploaded a photo showing it - there are 5 on each lid. Plus the one on each animal head, which leads me to think they were perhaps once strung and may have been hung?
  8. Soupster

    Soupster New Member

    They certainly do appear to be butter dishes / tubs from the examples I've now been able to find.. although none I've seen have the holes on the lid. There's examples with similar lug handles, albeit with no animal. I'm assuming these are early 19th century, circa 1820s? but still no idea who produced and how rare they may actually be
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  9. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    They may be earlier, as in late eighteenth. A Staffordshire maker.
  10. John Brassey

    John Brassey Well-Known Member

    Looks like pearlware. The pattern looks a bit post 1820 to me
  11. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    Those perforated lids are a conundrum... usually that means it's for steam to escape while/after cooking, or a way for air to enter and create a dryer atmosphere within to prevent mold on a moist item. (Of course there's also potpourri uses but I don't think that's the case here.)
    The old covered butter bowls often had a perforated insert for the butter to sit on but I, too, have not seen one with a perforated lid.
    I wonder if they each once had curved basket handles?
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