Attributed to Gottlieb Menzel (1676–1757, master 1709)
Overall (confirmed): 3 1/8 x 9 3/4 x 8 3/8 in., 35.778oz. (7.9 x 24.8 x 21.3 cm, 1014.3g)
The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973
Not on view
The caddinet was reserved for the sovereign and his immediate family. The instructions for setting the table for a banquet at Dresden Palace on September 3, 1719, read: “On the table is [to be placed] in front . . . of the king and the . . . queen the so-called caddinet, . . . in which are salt, pepper, and other [spices] in diverse compartments.” The tray held the private royal cutlery and a specially folded napkin that covered bread rolls; hence the object’s name BrodtTeller (bread tray) in contemporary inventories. Augustus the Strong (1670–1733) must have seen this rare expression of royal etiquette in use at the court in Versailles, where he visited in 1687. The pagoda-shaped lids recall the roof line of the king’s summer palace, Pillnitz, near Dresden, introducing a touch of the exotic chinoiserie so fashionable at the time. This caddinet was part of a set of six.
Inscription: Engraved in center of tray: Arms of Poland, with Saxony in pretence
Engraved on underside: Nº 4./Aº 1718
Pounced on underside: 4.M.9.1(?).2.9.
Scratched inside cover of central compartment: N 86
Lesley and Emma Sheafer , New York (until 1974; bequeathed to MMA)