‘Vaisselier’ – a Piece of the Refined Furnishing

From the French word: vaisselle [dishes].

Usually a not too deep shelf, of various heights and widths, used to store dishes for everyday use, and more often to display decorative dishes in cabinets (also corner ones). As such, a vaisselier can serve as a display glass cabinet consisting, in its upper part, of shelves on which tableware is displayed. It has been used in France since the fifteenth century. Of a very similar function was a China cabinet, used to display mostly Chinese porcelain dinnerware.

Featured Image: Vaisseliers d’angle (corner cabinets) in the dining room of the Queen’s Small Apartment, Palace of Versailles, France. Photo by Myrabella (2011). CC BY-SA 3.0. Colours intensified.


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