[Sca-cooks] Wafer Irons dated 1481

Barbara Benson voxeight at gmail.com
Sun Mar 18 07:02:44 PDT 2007

> Back in December 2006 there was a great deal of discussion
> about surviving examples of pre 1600 wafer irons.
> I have come across an example on page 114 of the new volume
> At Home in Renaissance Italy. It's the V&A catalogue of their
> exhibit .
> http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/1487_renaissance/index.html


If you have any interest in the Rennisance Florence or Venice as it
relates to the function of the home, trade and decorative arts - I
cannot reccomend the Catalogue for this Exhibit enough.

The exhibit itself is restricted in duration - but the catalogue is a
wonder to behold. Not only is it chock full of fabulous photographs of
all of the pieces on display - there are many fascinating acacemic
essays regarding the subject of the architecture, contentents,
business conducted within the home. It is truly fascinating.

It is kind of expensive to have shipped over - but I do not regret it
one bit. There is one fascinating dining image that I had never seen
before, a Marriage Feast at Canna by an unknown Greek-Venitian artist
after the style of Tintoretto. Among several fascinating elements in
the painting, there is a first that I had never seen before. One of
the female serving people (she is in the door of the kitchen) is
Moorish. I have seen many a Moor in paintings, but never a female in a
high waisted mid century Italian outfit.

Glad Tidings,
Serena da Riva

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