Decorative and quite a collectible large size Ironstone Soup Tureen with Lid. Beautiful elegant shape, this was made by the Red Cliff Co. of Chicago mid century. Heirloom handles on both sides as well as the lid, this is a heavy piece of pottery and displays very well. Early ironstone, or stoneware, was originally made in England and was meant to be an alternative to the more fragile earthenware and porcelain. Charles Mason and his family patented ironstone in 1813. By 1870, American potteries were making white "graniteware", Knowels, Taylor & Knowels, W.A. Lewis, and McCoy were a few of these. RedCliff made pottery until 1980.
Marked on the bottom. Perfect to serve soup, or to use as a centerpiece in your dining room on your table or buffet filled with fruit, flowers, shells for summer, pretty much everything will look grand in this. Add this to your collection of antique ironstone, mix it with your blue and white transferware, this is a very pretty piece. Measures: 12" x 10" x 10".