Plate (part of a traveling set)

Probably by Joachim-Frédéric Kirstein I
Probably by Johann Friedrich Krug

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 545

Covered bowls, known in France as écuelles, were intended for serving hot broth or soup. During the early eighteenth century, broth or bouillon was commonly consumed in the bedroom in the morning during the toilette, the elaborate washing and dressing ritual. The bowl’s cover kept the contents warm, and the broth could be sipped from the bowl by using the two handles, while bread rested on the stand.

Plate (part of a traveling set), Probably by Joachim-Frédéric Kirstein I (master in 1729), Silver, French, Strasbourg

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