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Dining at Court

Master: The Neptune centrepiece Item: The Neptune Centrepiece©

The royal family were expected to eat in public at least once a week, and historic menus reveal that they ate a mixture of English, French and German dishes. These were traditionally served on silver or silver gilt, although a few porcelain pieces were starting to appear. The works shown here were mainly supplied to Frederick, Prince of Wales, including the spectacular centrepiece with its associated sauceboats and salts, which show the most advanced rococo style of the day.

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