European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Centerpiece (Surtout)Made in Strasbourg, France, Europe
Made by Strasbourg faience factory, Strasbourg, France, 1721 - 1784
Lead-glazed earthenware with underglaze decoration (faience)
2006-76-1Purchased with the Walter E. Stait Fund, the John D. McIlhenny Fund, and the John T. Morris Fund, 2006
LabelCenterpieces such as this one, whether produced in faience, silver, or porcelain, made visual statements of their owners' wealth and status. They also functioned as elaborate condiment sets, placed on the table at the beginning of the meal and remaining through the dessert course. The eight indentations were intended to hold salt and pepper.
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