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Dessert Service And Case (France), ca. 1890

This is a Dessert service and case. It was designed by F. Nicoud and 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, 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 purchased from Twentieth Century Silver and fund: 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.

Its dimensions are

(Largest knife): L x W x D: 20 x 1 x 0.8 cm (7 7/8 x 3/8 x 5/16 in.) (Largest spoon): L x W x D: 19.6 x 3.8 x 2.6 cm (7 11/16 in. x 1 1/2 in. x 1 in.) (Largest fork): L x W x D: 19.4 x 2.3 x 2 cm (7 5/8 x 7/8 x 13/16 in.) (Sugar nippers, closed): L x W: 14.7 x 5.8 cm (5 13/16 x 2 5/16 in.) (Grape shears): L x W x D: 15.5 x 5.4 x 1.5 cm (6 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 9/16 in.) (Cake tong, assembled and closed): L x W x D: 26.3 x 6 x 4.7 cm (10 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 7/8 in.) (Ladle): L x W x D: 29.1 x 6.2 x 3.8 cm (11 7/16 x 2 7/16 x 1 1/2 in.) (Sugar sifter): L x W x D: 20.7 x 6.9 x 4 cm (8 1/8 x 2 11/16 x 1 9/16 in.) (Fruit server): L x W x D: 24.5 x 9 x 3 cm (9 5/8 x 3 9/16 x 1 3/16 in.) (Cherry spear): L x W x D: 21.3 x 4.5 x 1 cm (8 3/8 x 1 3/4 x 3/8 in.) (Ice cream server): L x W x D: 24.4 x 6.8 x 2.1 cm (9 5/8 x 2 11/16 x 13/16 in.) (Cake server): L x W x D: 28.1 x 6.6 x 0.8 cm (11 1/16 x 2 5/8 x 5/16 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Virtue in Vice.

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