Musique de table (Tafelmusik), set table and display sideboard ...
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... surrounded by portraits of wealthy Salzburg citizens of the seventeenth century
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A Festive Repast in Salzburg

 

A festive meal with friends and acquaintances in the house of a rich Salzburg couple: fine tableware and glasses from Italy, Germany and Salzburg, ornamental vessels and decorations adorn the tables and the triple-tiered show-piece buffet, Early Baroque Tafelmusik resounds through the room.

 

Strict Regulations

Hosts and guests are dressed according to the formal code of the Spanish court as was the fashion in the seventeenth century: starched grandezza, with dark, muted colours and white, plate-shaped lace collars, leaving hardly any freedom of movement. The code of behaviour, too, is defined down to the last detail. This also applies to the ceremonial procedures of the repast: the well-ordered sequences for serving the elaborately prepared dishes are not only staged for social entertainment, but are also intended to set socially differentiated borderlines within the festive group, and of course to separate it from the “common” people.

 

Tableware

Up until the seventeenth century, normal tableware – cups, bowls, beakers, spoons and eating boards – was mainly of wood and not ceramic, in both simple households and in the upper middle class. The pewterware emerging in the fifteenth century – “the burgher’s silver” – gradually replaced simple wooden plates and bowls.

The elaborately made glasses could only be afforded by the upper class. From the seventeenth century on, precious wine glasses such as Venetian-type goblets and wing-stemmed glasses were essential requisites on the banquet table. Wine bottles were chilled in a chased-copper pot. The lighting for the banquet table came during this period from a suspended candle-laden chandelier of the most diverse forms (here a “Lusterweibchen”, a figural chandelier displaying a female figure).

 

 

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