[Sca-cooks] period spice containers/storage
johnnae at mac.com
Fri Jun 24 14:52:21 PDT 2011
Victoria and Albert Museum http://collections.vam.ac.uk/
uses descriptions like these the spice ones.
Spice-stand Place of origin:Córdoba (possibly, made) Date: about 1540
Materials and Techniques: Silver-gilt, raised, chased, embossed, cast
This triangular vessel from Spain, similar in form to small salt
cellars, may have been used as a spice dish. The decoration is
inspired by motifs found on classical antiques and architecture, such
as the scroll-shaped feet, the three supporting figures in the shape
of grotesque females and the reliefs around the sides depicting
cherubs fighting dragons. The dragons have been based on images in
bestiaries, books about the behaviour of animals, which were used by
Renaissance artists as sources for design.
The Met in NYC has one described as: Spice Plate
Italian, Venice (Murano) Date ca. 1558
Medium Glass, diamond-engraved
Dimensions Diam. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm.)
They also have elaborate spice boxes in metals with lids that lift.
On Jun 24, 2011, at 4:07 PM, Elise Fleming wrote: snipped
> I'm not coming up with a good name for that type of plate at this
> moment. Someone else might have a more functioning brain (Johnna?
> Doc? Bear? Adamantius?...?) as to what that serving utensil might
> have been called.
> Alys K.
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