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Dessert Service And Case (France)

This is a Dessert service and case. We acquired it in 1996. Its medium is silver, steel, gilding, enamel, mother-of-pearl; oak, brass, metal, leather, felt (case and trays). 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 previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Virtue in Vice.

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