[Sca-cooks] Chafing dishes?

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Mon Mar 24 10:37:25 PDT 2008

If you take a look at Diego Velasquez's "Old Woman Cooking," the subject is 
preparing eggs in a ceramic chafing dish, although painted in 1618, such 
dishes were probably in use earlier.  The Hull City Museums lists a 16th 
Century chafing dish in its collection, 

 I haven't encountered references to chafing dishes before the 16th Century, 
but this is not necessarily conclusive.  The ones that I have found appear 
to be primarily ceramic heated by a small charcoal braizer.  You might do 
well to check houlehold inventories for other examples.


> Does anyone know if any sort of chafing dish was used in period?
> If so, can you point me to documentation?
> Dragon

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