The history and charm of soup tureens -- fanciful earthenware to glittering silver -- will be presented with illustrations in a lecture at the Bruce Museum.
Come hear noted Winterthur expert, Patricia A. Halfpenny, describe how the soup tureen went from a humble communal dish to a large tureen of high society's dining tables - a symbol of one's status and wealth. The tureen showed off the technical excellence and creativity of the finest European ceramic and silver factories of the period. Later manufacturing advances, such as English transferware, made the tureen affordable to the growing middle class.
The dazzling array of soup tureens was first collected by the Campbell Soup Company, later transferred to Winterthur in 1997.
This is the fifth lecture presented by the Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle, of an 8-month series. As always, a traditional tea is served following the lecture.