Though not without its flaws, this is a big and impressive early soup tureen with its undertray. The shape is ornate and unusual, with its handle and foot details, gadroon border, and ornate finial. It has a blue transfer of a typical chinoiserie floral and fence design, with some gilt highlighting.
It was made by Hicks and Meigh, an English firm, circa Marked with "Stone China" blue printed mark. This tureen shape is shown in Godden's Guide to Ironstone and Granite Wares", plate 195 (the pattern is shown in Plate 201).
Size: Undertray approximately 15.125" long, 10.625" wide. Tureen approximately 14" long, 8.75" wide, 10.75 high (with lid) . Overall height complete: 11.25".
Condition: The good news: stand and tureen base are in excellent condition. The bad news: Lid was shattered and repaired. This is an old repair, and the appearance could be improved quite a bit if re-done, or just leave well enough alone - on the top shelf you won't notice as much, and if you use this as a centerpiece filled with fruit or flowers, you can keep the lid in the cupboard.
Note that I try to be conservative about condition descriptions, carefully noting any flaws. Of course, with antique items, there will be some signs of usage, and/or manufacturing defects. But overall, my customers have always been pleasantly surprised upon receiving their items, and of course, I would expect a return if I happen to miss anything.
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