Thursday, January 31, 2008

Dishes by the Set

This last short post finishes the four part series of my tour called A Matter of Taste: Ceramics and Culinary Connections at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC.

By the period of this French dinner service, around 1770, while still made of tin-glazed earthenware, plates had begun to have more variety in shape and so now there were soup plates and matching serving platters, and gravy boats. As you can see the edges were also a bit more varied. The floral motif of decoration also reflects the idea that flowers were used in cooking much more so then than we do today. Marigolds, violets, calendulas, roses and lavender for example were often included in food preparation in earlier times.

I assume these are soup plates although I don't remember the docent
saying this and I didn't write it down.

There were many dinner plates in this set and in the background you can see a beautiful tapestry setting off the whole display

This tapestry was commissioned from a local Vancouver artist, Ruth Jones
in 1990 to complement this dinner service in the display
Ruth Jones is an accomplished tapestry artist who works in the Aubusson tradition and in fact she completed the graduate program in Tapestry Design and Production from the National School for Decorative Arts in Aubusson, France.

The final part of the tour included a taste of mead and some cookies made with flowers. Mead is still made by Middle Mountain Mead nearby on Hornby Island. This is from their website which is very interesting if you would like to explore there.
Mead is wine made from honey and water, often flavoured with herbs, fruits, spices and other botanical elements.

Middle Mountain Mead is an artisan honey winery combining the best of ancient and modern techniques to create small lots of premium handcrafted mead. As well as being a superb wine, mead has been central to rituals of celebration and remembrance down through the ages.
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the world of ceramics and their food connection. If you missed the earlier posts in the series click for one, or for two and finally for three.


Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

I'm going to try it again without word verification. I hope it works out.

It works out beautifully, like the dishes.

Carver said...

I have enjoyed this series of posts so much. Lovely photographs and interesting posts.

Tai said...

There's a great meadery here, just outside of Victoria. Tugwell Creek, it's called...I love mead.

And I MISS the MOA, what a beautiful display, and that tapestry is amazing!

jams o donnell said...

What a wonderful set of posts. The ceramics are marvellous. Not a big mead fan though!

Ian Lidster said...

What I liked about mead back in the days when I still drank, was that it smelled like honey and honey is one of my favorite substances.

Shades said...

I'm very partial to Lindisfarne Mead.

Ellee Seymour said...

Those plates are too pretty to eat from. I couldn't put them in the dishwasher.

sally in norfolk said...

I love to eat my food from real lovely plates... not that i have got many

Vic, the Cariboo Ponderer said...

I am not one for fancy plates much as I would most likely have to wash them by hand but that tapestry is just lovely. Very interesting post

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I did enjoy them all. Love that tapestry.

theysaywordscanbleed said...

the flower accents are so pretty.

Gledwood said...

I had a strange urge to become rich and collect quality porcelain the other week... (dunno why..!!)

I got sent this ~ ♥ ~ it's a "tag" with instructions to pass it around and to ask you to pass it around ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ as much as you please or can...

jmb said...

Hi James,
I did have some really nasty spam so had to use it for a while but we shall see.
Hi Carver,
Thank you, it was an interesting tour and fun to write it up
Hi Tai,
It seems mead is everywhere still, but I sure didn't know that.
Hi Jams,
Thanks, I didn't think much of mead as drink either.
Hi Ian,
Some seem to like mead, others not but it did indeed smell of honey.
Hi Shades,
Another mead fan, I see they make it all over.
Hi Ellee,
No dishwasher for these so no good to busy people like yourself. Nor me.
Hi Sally,
It does make a difference to food if the plate is nice. Still not the most important thing.
Hi Vic,
No washing plates by hand for me either. Isn't the tapestry beautiful? I wonder how long it takes to make.
Thank you. The tapestry is the highlight of that display case for me.
Welcome and they are pretty as you say.
Hi Gleds,
Well I'm sure you have an desire to become rich often, porcelain would be a good use for some of it.
Thanks to everyone for commenting and visiting.

leslie said...

There is no word in the English language to describe that tapestry! It is MORE THAN BEAUTIFUL! Let's see...stunning, exquisite, enchanting, sublime, magnificent, divine......

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Beautiful plates. How interesting that mead is made there.

Liz said...

I especially like the bits you've dropped in explaining the origins of phrses. The last china is the prettiest in my eyes.

jmb said...

Hi Leslie,
Isn't it beautiful? You could go see it for yourself since you are so close.
Hi Welshcakes,
It seems mead is made in many places which I did not know before.
Hi Liz,
Thanks, I like to know all this stuff myself so assume you do too. I hope I'm not wrong.
Thanks to all of you for visiting and commenting.

archie said...

I liked all the posts. The collection of plates is lovely. The other stuff is also good. I always look for Decorative Arts online as you can find great art works at a good price.