Offering a gorgeous antique Hope & Carter tureen or covered vegetable / casserole dish ("Louvre" pattern) with large platter and 2 soup dishes. This mark on this set dates its production between 1862 and 1880, and indicates it's a product of Hope & Carter, a manufacturer of earthenware at Fountain Place in Burslem, Staffordshire England. One of the namesakes, John Hope, was formerly in partnership with Pinder & Bourne, and the works were taken over by GL Ashworth & Brothers around 1880. I am offering this truly rare set on behalf of a friend who is the latest member of her family to care for this treasure over the past 100+ years.
This is a well preserved, lovely set with no cracks or chips, french blue and silver lustre, featuring a gargoyle face design with leaves. The platter, tureen and plates are marked "15460". Note that the number is not visible in the photos for one of the soup dishes, probably due to wear, but it can still be viewed if the dish is angled in the light properly. The interior of the tureen has some discoloration as can be seen in the photos.
The tureen itself measures approximately 11.5" long x 7.5" wide, not counting the side handles. It is approximately 7" tall when the lid is on, not counting the handle. The tureen weighs approximately 8 pounds.
The platter is quite substantial. It measures 19.75" long x 15.75" wide, and weighs approximately 6 pounds.
The soup bowls are 9.25" diameter, and weigh 1.25 pounds each.