Antique Red Spode Greek Ware Soup Tureen Decorated with Classical Figures


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Antique Red Spode Greek Ware Soup Tureen

An antique red Greek ware soup tureen decorated with classical figures. The color is just glorious, and we are thrilled to be offering this tureen. In the 57 years we’ve been in business we have only had the red Greek ware twice. It is rare. Both the top and the body of the tureen show classical scenes in four shield shaped and four vase shaped panels. The panels show a variety of daily scenes including men and women in conversation, women in their morning preparations for the day, and figures giving gifts. Each panel shows a unique scene. Adding to the neoclassical design are notable red and white striped handles. Around the handle at the top of the cover are animals in a field of flowers. We see a pig, a dog, a deer, and a unicorn. The animals shown on the tureen cover are an added and charming detail.

According to the Fitzwilliam Museum the neoclassical “Greek” pattern, introduced in 1806, catered to the demand for classical subjects created by the Greek Revival style. Each piece in the service contains unique scenes derived from engravings of Greek vases in the collection of Sir William Hamilton. The decoration is printed on earthenware. The Herculaneum factory made this tureen circa 1810.

In the shop we also have a set of eight dinner dishes in this pattern. Please contact us for more information.


H 8.25 in. x W 11 in. x D 14.25 in.


Excellent. The tureen’s underplate has slight stacking wear.




The Herculaneum Pottery was based in Toxteth, Liverpool, England. The new company engaged about forty men from the Staffordshire Potteries. Between 1794 and 1841 the factory made creamware and pearlware pottery as well as bone china porcelain. The owners of the company christened the factory “Herculaneum”, after the ancient city in Campania, Italy that was destroyed together with Pompeii by the Vesuvius eruption of 79 CE.

The first productions of the English Herculaneum factory were printed earthenware, which was carefully potted, and of a somewhat deeper shade than that of Wedgwood. Many of the pieces were decorated with classical figures. The company did a good amount of trade with America. In 1800, the manufactory was considerably enlarged.

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