This antique porcelain tureen dated to around 1900'. Made by Pountney & Co, Bristol, England. Made of white porcelain it is finished in Mandarin pattern. One of most popular pattern of Chinoiserie. The legend - Held captive in her own home, and with a miserable arranged marriage looming, the daughter of a wealthy Chinese mandarin runs away with her lower-class lover. Depending on which version of the legend you read, they are pursued and killed by either the angry father or scorned suitor, or are drowned at the sea. Upon their death, the lovers are reborn as doves. The elements of this romantic tale have been depicted in vivid blue detail on millions of plates, pitchers and platters for more than 200 years.
This tureen stands 6" - 15 cm high to the top of finial; 11" x 8 3/4" - 28 - 22 cm rim to rim.
It is in excellent condition considering the age, no chips or cracks, nicks or repair.
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