From the Savoy region of France, this large nineteenth-century terracotta tureen has a charming red-ochre glaze and flat lid with knob handle. Tureens are often used in France as serving dishes for foods such as soups, cassoulet (stews), gratins or classic ratatouille. Its shape is characterized as a broad, deep, oval vessel with fixed ear handles on either side and a cover on top with a knob or handle to lift easily. This grand tureen would be a delightful piece to add to a collection of antique French pottery.
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Note the wear around the handles and lid/edges shown in photos. Also observe how the lid does not sit perfectly flat on top.