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Dining

 

A collection of decorative and practical ideas inspired by original designs and decorative motifs from the past 300 years. Discover glasses, decanters, platters and bowls, tablemats and table linen reflecting the formal dining of the 18th and 19th centuries. The Victorian dining room, large and heavily decorated, served as one of the most important rooms in the house, reflecting the wealth of the owner. A well-dressed table could hold as many as 24 pieces of silver at each place setting. It was not unusual to have eight forks, such as a fish fork, a dinner fork, and an ice cream fork. Knives, each propped on a knife stand, were several, for butter, cheese, game, fruit and other servings a guest might choose. Included in the place setting would be a butter pick and individual game shears. Two rows of stemware were arranged left to right; a green glass for sauterne, a sherry glass, a red glass for Rhine wine. In the middle of the table sat a huge centrepiece flanked by bowls of fruit, cake stands, as well as coffee sets, celery vases, and sugar bowls, perfect for a nine course meal.

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