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Dining at Court

Master: The Neptune centrepiece
Item: The Neptune Centrepiece

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.

Attributed to Nicholas Sprimont (1713-1771)

The Neptune centrepiece

Thomas Farren (active 1707-1742)

Pair of casters

George Wickes (1698-1761)

Pair of circular dishes

Edward Wakelin (active before 1748, d.1784)

Strawberry dish

Attributed to George Wickes (1698-1761)

Candlestick

George Wickes (1698-1761)

Dinner plate