Many years ago – probably 15 or more – I bought the white soup tureen below at a garage sale.
I didn’t have plans to serve actual soup out of it and I don’t think I ever have.
But it’s been with me through two houses and has been, at various times, on top of my cabinets, in the center of the table with flowers in it, or in my dining room hutch.
When I took the pictures of my dining room for the post about decorating with white, I pulled the tureen out from behind one of the doors and put it in the open part of the hutch. That’s one of those pictures below.
I loved it there and wished I had had it there all along.
Not long after I went to a crazy estate sale (or rather sales (plural) – two houses on the same property). And that’s where I found these two.
I loved their color (white!) and their style (kinda fancy) but what I really loved about them were their sizes, one slightly larger than the other, but both smaller than the tureens that I usually see.
They look a little like ironstone to me, although neither is marked that way. The smaller one says Made in Japan on the bottom and the larger one has no marking at all.
The larger one’s ladle looks like it came from another piece.
It’s a little brighter color of white and the lid doesn’t sit quite right with the ladle.
The young woman running the sale said she thinks they belonged to her husband’s grandmother and that she (the grandmother) would have been happy someone was taking them home.
You and me both, grandma. You and me both.