Tablescape in gilt
In these post-pandemic days we have never seen so much interest in "tablescaping": the setting of a beautiful table to serve food to your friends and loved ones. If you've been following me for a while you'll know that I have always have a weakness for beautiful tableware, and I love nothing more than to find a good home for an English porcelain dessert service.
The Dogs Dinner Party, a famous 19thC children's illustration
Dinner parties became a huge rage in the late 18th and early 19th Century, thanks to, on the one hand, people being able to make their homes so much more comfortable, and on the other hand some great improvements in the art of gardening, allowing the wealthy to grow all kinds of wonderful fruits and vegetables in their walled gardens and greenhouses.
a formal 18thC dinner party