Plateau

Date: 1800

Among high society in England in the mid- to late 1700s, dining customs changed dramatically in emulation of the French. A new range of extravagant table ornaments evolved, to imitate the French ceremonies that were focused on dining. Prior to this time in England, during the 1600s and early 1700s, food items were arranged at the center of the table, creating a lavish centerpiece; as the food was eaten, the table lost its ornament.

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Medium: Silver sheet on copper, silvered glass, and wood backing

Dimensions: H: 2 1/2 x W: 26 x D: 16 in.

Place: England, probably Sheffield

Accession: 0745

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Silver - English

Tags: England , Sheffield , Copper , Silvered Glass

Purchased March 27, 1991 from S. J. Shrubsole Corp., New York.