Here is a shell that was used to collect crumbs on the tablecloth between two dishes. The shell is here alone, without its sweeper.
This is still practiced in the great French restaurants.
Before moving on to the cheese platter and after tasting cheeses, the restaurant's "butler" comes to remove the crumbs left on the tablecloth by the bread used.
It is an extremely refined practice but it is done quite naturally.
It is indeed unpleasant to eat with crumbs on the pretty tablecloth. Especially after cheese, when we go to enjoy a dessert.
Today the object is a little less voluminous and more discreet.
At the time, these sets were made in a large enough way to show his social class and the refinement of the object.
This shell is made of hand-decorated papier-mâché and entirely handmade. The theme of Asia was very fashionable in the 19th century, during the reign of Napoleon III.
She has lived a little (she is over 150 years old) and has marks of her age. That’s the way it goes. It remains a beautiful object that can be placed in an entrance, on a piece of furniture or hung on the wall. It can also be used precisely to present the bread on the table to its guests.
Length: 33.5 cm (13 in)
Width: 25 cm (9.84 in)
Height: 5 cm (1.96 in)
Weight: 283 gr (9.98 oz)
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