[Sca-cooks] Books on sugar sculptures

H Westerlund-Davis yaini0625 at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 1 19:37:34 PST 2009

Posts like this make me realize that I have only scratched the surface of food history. AND that is good thing for me.

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From: Johnna Holloway <johnnae at mac.com>
To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Tue, December 1, 2009 5:15:10 PM
Subject: [Sca-cooks] Books on sugar sculptures

Since this list has been quiet, I thought I would share what
I located yesterday through the Internet Archive.

Under the subject heading: Sugar Sculpture, one can find:


Disegni del convito fatto dall'illustrissimo signor senatore Francesco Ratta all'illustrissimo publico, eccelsi signori anziani & altra nobilità : terminando il svo confalonierato li 28. febraro 1693 - Chiarini, Marcantonio, 1652-1730
The text describes the decorations at the banquet that Senator Francesco Ratta gave in his palace in Bologna, and includes a list of invited guests

La cvstodia d'oro : godvta nel vigilantissimo confalonierato dell'illvstrissimo signor senatore Francesco Ratta, e simboleggiata nel dilvisontvos.mo convito fatto all' ill.mo publico & ecc.si sig.ri anziani il primo bimestre dell'anno 1693 - Mazza, Giuseppe, 1652 or 53-1740 or 41
Dedication signed: Gioseffo Mazza

An account of His Excellence Roger Earl of Castlemaine's embassy : from His Sacred Majesty James the IId., King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, &c., to His Holiness Innocent XI. - Wright, John Michael, ca. 1617-ca. 1694
Errata on p. 116

Raggvaglio della solenne comparsa, fatta in Roma gli otto di gennaio MDCLXXXVII. dall'illvstrissimo, et eccellentissimo signor conte di Castelmaine ambasciadore straordinario della Sagra Real Maestà di Giacomo Secondo rè d'Inghilterra, Scozia, Francia, et Ibernia, difensore della fede alla Santa Sede Apostolica, in andare pvblicamente all'vdienza della Santità di Nostro Signore Papa Innocenzo Vndecimo - Wright, John Michael, ca. 1617-ca. 1694

Beschreibung derer fürstlicher güligscher &c. Hochzeit : so im Jahr Christi tausent fünffhundert achtzig fünff, am sechszehenden Junij vnd nechstfolgenden acht Tagen, zu Düsseldorff mit grossen Freuden, fürstlichen Triumph vnd Herrligkeit gehalten worden - Graminaeus, Theodor, b. ca. 1530

The 1587 Beschreibung derer Fürstlicher Güligscher &c. Hochzeit volume is rather interesting as it contains engravings by
by Franz Hogenberg who was a noted illustrator of maps and city scenes. In this book, he does engravings for a 1585 wedding.


page n67 shows a credenza to the left of the foldout page.

page n71 is the table with all the subtleties.
It's the easy pictorial documentation for late 16th century table subtleties!
Ivan Day used the illustration in his book Royal Sugar Sculpture.
(The Sugar Museum in Berlin used to feature the image but it's been removed in their
latest revamping of the website.)

This was all posted yesterday to the SCA Subtleties list. My apologies if you see it twice.

Another work that might be of interest is:
The Queen-like Closet or Rich Cabinet: Stored with all manner of rare receipts for preserving, candying and cookery. Very pleasant and beneficial to all ingenious persons of the female sex -Wolley, Hannah
Book from Project Gutenberg: The Queen-like Closet or Rich Cabinet: Stored with all manner of rare receipts for preserving, candying and cookery. Very pleasant and beneficial to all ingenious persons of the female sex


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