Made by Strasbourg faience factory, Strasbourg, France, 1721 - 1784
Centerpieces 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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