Server (France), ca. 1890
This is a Server. It was manufactured by C. V. Gibert and retailed by F. Nicoud. It is dated ca. 1890 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is silver. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
Designed not just for opulent display but also as a functional element in a final dinner course, this dessert service is an example of the expansive, highly specialized sets of cutlery that were considered ceremonially and functionally necessary for the elegant dinner table in late-19th-century Europe and America. This extravagant display of wealth in silverware exhibits the overindulgence attributed to gluttony.
This object was
Twentieth Century Silver and
Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.
It is credited
Museum purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, Decorative Arts Association Acquisition, and Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Funds.
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Its dimensions are
L x W x D: 18.2 x 4.2 x 2.5 cm (7 3/16 x 1 5/8 x 1 in.)
Cite this object as
Server (France), ca. 1890; Manufactured by Charles Victor Gibert (French); silver; L x W x D: 18.2 x 4.2 x 2.5 cm (7 3/16 x 1 5/8 x 1 in.); Museum purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program, Decorative Arts Association Acquisition, and Sarah Cooper-Hewitt Funds; 1996-56-49
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005.