Soup Tureen, c.1790, Yorkshire (probably Sheffield), England, creamware, moulded and modelled, Victoria and Albert Museum.
Soup tureens like this were illustrated in creamware manufacturers pattern books from the 1770s to the early 19th century.
Just as the increasingly popular custom of serving soup spread from Continental Europe, so did the design of soup tureens. New English creamware tureens were inspired by contemporary Continental Porcelain, tin-glazed earthenware, and silver. The lobed form which can be seen in this example added strength to the structure of the object, and could be easily press-moulded.