Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Centerpiece (Surtout)

Centerpiece (Surtout)

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

Made in Strasbourg, France, Europe


Lead-glazed earthenware with underglaze decoration (faience)

4 3/4 × 26 3/4 × 18 7/8 inches (12.1 × 67.9 × 47.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 260, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

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Purchased with the Walter E. Stait Fund, the John D. McIlhenny Fund, and the John T. Morris Fund, 2006

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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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