Porcelain dishes, silverware, glassware of the highest quality: a dining table can be a work of art. The different forms and appearances of these objects, for hundreds of years, have reflected the history of society. As new territories were discovered, foods that required novel forms of presentation were incorporated. We can say that the ‘tableware’ is a ritual in evolution; and, if it is accompanied by a ceremony, it will make the meals take on a solemn and special air.
Influence of materials on the ‘tableware’
The discovery of America, at the end of the fifteenth century, introduced ingredients that had to be explored and incorporated into the table. Foods such as potatoes, pumpkin, chocolate, pineapple or coffee were included. Therefore, glamorous dinners would require new presentations at the table to make them more attractive.
Until the seventeenth century there were significant changes in the way of eating in Europe. The manners were renewed little by little and it was from the eighteenth century when there was a drastic turn in the tableware. The reason was due to the appearance of new materials and technologies that allowed opening more possibilities to different levels of society. The change also evolved little by little as the domestic service decreased and changed to a different approach when setting the table.
An elegant table reminiscent of the past
History has left us magnificent pieces of crockery, cutlery, glassware and goldsmiths that have great value; above all because it has been preserved over time in magnificent condition. There are still whole sets of our ancestors that can be present today at a dinner or celebration to make it memorable. Without a doubt, all diners will feel privileged by such reception.