Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Georgian Dessert Table

This room setting at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, shows a table set for dessert in a prosperous middle class household in England about 1760 - 1770.

It is laid with Worcester dessert plates and dishes of that date, wine and syllabub glasses and silver from the 1730's.

The portrait by Gainsborough dates from about 1750.

Desert was the final course of dinner. A well-to-do household would use a different porcelain service form that used for the main courses.

The table was cleared of salts and pepper pots and other items used for savoury food. The servants would bring in an array of new dishes, which would include fresh, stewed and preserved fruit, sweetmeats, fondants, nuts, biscuitss, jellies and syllabubs in glasses.

Syllabub is a mixture of wine, whipped cream and orange or lemon juice. Sweet wine would be served.

I have always been fond of Georgian things and this room at the museum had me drooling. I love the Worcester plates, the silver candlesticks and how they used figurines as part of their centerpiece.

It was a time, too, when dinner was the event of an evening -- not just sustenance but the entertainment as well.

Perhaps next time we have a dinner party, I should take a page from the Georgian English and reset the table with dessert, serve a glass of syllabub as well as some sweetmeats -- for I do have some sweetmeat forks which I brought home from England.

It's Thursday and time to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Visit Susan and see all the great tables this Thursday!


Mary said...

Wow, stunning. I love those forks.

Pondside said...

It's just lovely to visit a more elegant time - but so much easier to accomplish such a meal with all our modern conveniences!

Entertaining Women said...

This is wonderful....and the sweet meats forks are spectacular! Thank you for taking us along with you. Cherry Kay

Carrie said...

Many thanks for sharing this setting and for the interesting historical information. Your forks are stunning design!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Gorgeous table with stunning forks! Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Antiques And Teacups said...

I could (and have) spent days at the Ashmolean drooling! What a great place! I love you photos. But...what a lot of polishing of silver went on! Whew!!!

Alycia Nichols said...

What a nicely appointed table! LOVE your sweetmeat forks! The tines are so unique!

Karin Şen Cankan said...

Thank you for sharing.

Perfect table

Karin Şen Cankan

Marigene said...

Those sweetmeat forks are delightful. It must have been so much fun visiting the museums in England. The Cotswolds are on my bucket list!

Gina said...

I love the elegance of this table. And to think, this was just for dessert!