Both the Moffat and Macleod clans of Scotland used the elaborate cipher of “J.M.” found on the tureen lid. The Moffats were a powerful border clan of ancient Viking origin, while the Macleods were a Highland clan with ties to the Isle of Skye. There may originally have been a platter underneath the tureen.
Around 1700, when it became fashionable to serve a bouillon at the beginning of dinner, a new serving piece was created. A round vessel, called in William III’s inventories a Soupe Dishe, set up on legs and with prominent handles, generally opened the first course of a meal. Removed after the host or hostess had […]