This is an exceptional early covered sauce or gravy tureen made bywilliam taylor copelandin famous indian tree pattern. It hadimpressedcopeland mark, that dates the piece between 1850 and 1866. The tureen is hand painted. You can see the strokes of the paint. The tureen is 8″ by 5″ at the rim and it is 5 1/2 tall to the top of the lid. It has elaborated raised grape leaves details in gold on the handles, as well as on the handle of the lid. This is a really extraordinary piece. It is impossible to be seen on the picture, but when the lights touches the brown of the platter it changes and looks like gold, or like silver, or like copper. I haven’t seen anything like that on antique piece. The tureen is in very good condition. There is very, very minimal crazing and a very small chip on the paint of the rim – please refer to the pictures. There is only some gold loss. There could be some small flaws consistent with age and use. Exceptional collector’s piece. Would have a place in any china collection. When this plates were made. Abraham lincoln takes office as the president of the united states. Herman melville’s moby-dick has been published. He would like to see people lower their conceit and look for happiness and meaning in the small things. The novel uncle tom’s cabin is published. In the south complaints arise that the novel is exaggeration. In the south, owning a copy of the book is made illegal. He british arrive in lower burma and bring opium from india for sale to the burmese. Louis-napoleon is declared emperor napoleon iii. He would like to create a dynasty. France is no longer a republic. It is called the second empire. Tsar nicholas i of russia goes to war against the ottoman turks over what he sees as his right to defend orthodox christians in turkey and in jerusalem. In london, construction of the clock tower (big ben) is finished. The supreme court of the united states rules that african americans, free or slave, are not citizens and have no recourse in federal courts. The second opium war ends. The crimean war ends. Charles darwin has been sitting on his origin of the species for 21 years. He has it published. Rabbits are brought to australia, which will produce an ecology disaster. The frenchman victor hugo has his historical novel les misérables published. In london, the first underground (subway) passenger system opens. The american society for the prevention of cruelty to animals is founded. There is a long list of companies that produced indian tree patterned wares over the years. This is a piece of history that everyone will be proud to have. This item is made of ceramic.