The plate

19 January, 2024 14:00

🍽️ Today, let’s talk about the plate! For a long time, it used to designate the guest’s place at the table, while the plate - as an object - took a while to catch on. In the Middle Ages, food was most often served on a slice of stale bread, itself placed on a wooden or metal plate, which was then shared around. During the Renaissance, the plate becomes individual and takes its definitive shape. While royal tables were resplendent in gold and silver, earthenware and especially pewter were used by the bourgeoisie. But the silver castings ordered by Louis XIV to fund war marked the beginning of the success of Chinese and then European porcelain. Soon, the dinner plate no longer stands alone at the table, but is accompanied by a service plate, a salad plate and a bread plate. As for shapes and décors, they evolve over time and according to fashion: coats of arms, talking scenes, Art Nouveau or Art Deco motifs... round, with a rim, coupe, scalloped, square, oval... to each his own plate!

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Because the French art of living is the envy of the world, what better way than with porcelain to introduce you to the teeming world of the table... Contribute with L'Institut Bernardaud to reenchanting this convivial and so precious moment of the meal by following our various workshops and conferences. A program with a creative approach and open to the world to live an exciting adventure at the crossroads of gastronomy, art, history or decoration.


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