Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Bob recently went to an out-of-town auction in search of furniture that he could fix up and resell.  No luck there, but he called to say he had bought a white soup tureen for me.  I was thinking it would be ironstone.
I have read that ironstone is a pottery, usually English, produced as a harder, stronger alternative to porcelain.
This tureen, however, has a mark on the bottom indicating that it is from the Haviland factory and marked France.  The Kovel's Dictionary of Pottery and Porcelain Marks says that this particular mark is from 1876 for whiteware.
Wonderful ribbon details and in perfect condition!
So, is it ironstone or china?
When Bob told me over the phone he had paid $25 for it, I thought "Oh, My!! That's a little high."; but in doing some research on the mark later I discovered it could be worth 10 times that.  But then, an antique is only worth what someone is willing to pay.  When he got home with it, I definitely thought it was worth the $25 in beauty alone!

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NanaDiana said...

That is GORGEOUS. I'd say Bob outdid himself with that one. I love it- xo Diana

Pamela said...

Beautiful ironstone! Thanx for sharing your treasure at THT.

A Romantic Porch said...

Oh Sally, that is so beautiful. What a fantastic find and what a sweet hubby to bring it home to you.
BTW I love the song "Still" also. It's one of my favorites.
xo rachel

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Hello i'm visiting via Daily Cup and was intrigued by your title.

Interesting little read thank you. I always wonder about these little differences. I like to collect ironstone pitchers, and a friend had asked me what ironstone is. Hmmmm. I wasn't actually able to answer. I know I do like pottery, shall we say, to be white or cream and not grey toned.

Your soup tureen is gorgeous. I may have to branch out to pieces like yours.

Sue xo

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I can't help with the difference, but I must say this is lovely! I think Bob has a good eye!
hugs, Linda

Denise Marie said...


Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

I've often wondered about the difference myself, and keep meaning to ask Yvonne, over at StoneGable. Maybe she'll see this post and comment before I get around to asking her. But, regardless of what it is, one thing is certain--it's a beauty!! What a find! ~Zuni

Anonymous said...

Be still my heart! What a beautiful tureen.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

That is a beautiful piece! It would be interesting to see what you could sell it for, if you could part with it. I always think that, but really who wants to sell their very prettiest things?! Hope you are having a good weekend :)
xo, Andrea


Gorgeous tureen and Bob did a great job with it! The $25 for it it's a steal! Hugs,

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The ribbon is so delicate! Great find!

Lisa said...

I'm not sure which it is, but I know it is a fabulous find! Just beautiful! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.

Granny Sue said...

That is a beautiful dish and a good price for it. I found this link that explains a bit about the differences, but doesn't mention ironstone: and then this one does describe ironstone

So hold your dish to the light and if you see your hand's shadow, it's porcelain. If not, it's probably ironstone. I hope this helps.

Donna Wilkes said...

The test with the light shining through is what I have always heard. Who cares! It is beautiful. Love the ribbon detail.

Jann Olson said...

It really is a beauty Sally. Ironstone or China I'd take it any day. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Maureen said...

It looks like porcelain or French faience to me. What a lovely dish! You couldn't buy a new piece of that quality for $25.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Either way it is stunning. I love your tureen. Gorgeous. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty