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7 Essential Culinary Antiques for Your Next Dinner Party

Delicious food, a good bottle of wine and great conversation are the main ingredients of a successful dinner party. Yet, unique presentation and serving pieces can be the icing on the cake of an already exceptional meal. You can truly wow your guests at your next gathering with culinary antiques that are unlike anything they have seen before. Here are a few of our favorite kitchen antiques that you can find in our current collection.

 

 

Monoplane Portable Bar Cocktail Shaker

 

Monoplane Portable Bar Cocktail Shaker

“Shaken, not stirred.” Bond, James Bond would have loved this cocktail shaker that dates to the 1930s and the “golden age” of the cocktail. The “Portable Bar” model takes the shape of a monoplane and is the perfect piece to serve your pre-dinner drinks. It features everything needed to craft a delectable libation, including a shaker with strainer, a large inner flask, two "wing" hip flasks, four gilt-lined shot glasses, a spoon with an olive fork, a corkscrew and a funnel.

 

Looking for the perfect antique shaker for your bar cart? Shop our antique cocktail shakers here.
 

 

Monoplane Portable Bar Cocktail Shaker

 

Looking for the perfect antique shaker for your bar cart? Shop our antique cocktail shakers here.
 

The shaker was created at the tail end of the Prohibition era, a period when bartenders were especially innovative when it came to their alcoholic concoctions. This is partly due to the poor quality of the bootleg liquor of the Prohibition age — mixers were a must! — but also the general inventiveness of the age. This monoplane shaker is both a rare and nostalgic reminder of these glamorous days when the cocktail reigned supreme. If you love entertaining, this shaker is the perfect accessory for creating hand crafted cocktail drinks.

 

 

Irish Mahogany Wine Cellarette

 

Irish Mahogany Wine Cellarette

As your cocktail hour inevitably leads into dinner, search this beautiful wine cellarette for the perfect vintage to pair with your meal. Crafted from mahogany, it certainly makes a stately addition to the kitchen or dining room, but it is also highly practical. The felt-lined interior of the cellarette has slots for 18 different bottles, allowing you to store the perfect wine for any pairing.

 

 

Irish Mahogany Wine Cellarette

 

In the mid-18th to mid-19th centuries, the wine cellarette was considered an essential piece of dining room furniture, and we are all for bringing it back into style. The delightful storage fixtures were designed to be displayed beneath a sideboard, where dining guests could easily view the evening’s selections.

 

 

Whether you’re shopping for a special gift or you consider yourself a wine connoisseur yourself, we have all the greatest pieces for all kinds of wine lovers. Shop our wine cellarette and trollies here.

 

 

Flora Danica Porcelain Dinner Service by Royal Copenhagen

A dinner party always offers the perfect excuse to use your fine china, and this beautiful Flora Danica dinner service by Royal Copenhagen is the best of the best for entertaining. A similar service is owned and used by the Queen of England, so here is your chance to truly dine like royalty. Each piece features hand-painted botanical motifs taken directly from Flora Danica, a Danish atlas of botany. This particular service includes rare aquatic motifs of Denmark's native fish species, making it perfect for a fish course.

 

Flora Danica Porcelain Dinner Service by Royal Copenhagen
The creation of the Flora Danica porcelain service was the life's work of Johann Christoph Bayer. Commissioned in 1790 by King Christian VII of Denmark for Empress Catherine the Great of Russia, it took Bayer over 12 years to complete the designs. Unfortunately, Catherine died in 1796 before it was complete, and the service was then placed in the collection of the Danish Royal Family.

 

 

Tiffany & Co. Chrysanthemum Flatware Service, 247 Pieces

 

 

Tiffany & Co. Chrysanthemum Flatware Service, 247 Pieces

Every household needs a good silver flatware service to use for special dinners, and this example by Tiffany & Co. certainly fits the bill! It incorporates 247 pieces, including your standard forks, spoons and knives, as well as oyster forks, asparagus tongs and even a tomato server.

 

 

Tiffany & Co. Chrysanthemum Flatware Service, 247 Pieces

 

Historically, brides on their wedding day have registered for silver flatware, and the Chrysanthemum pattern by Tiffany & Co. has long been one of the most requested services of its category. The design was particularly popular among brides of the Gilded Age — it evokes a modern Art Nouveau style as well as timeless Baroque shapes. Because of this, it remains just as popular today. Due to the intricacy of the design, it is also one of the most expensive for Tiffany to produce, and the quality can be felt in the weight of each and every piece.

 

 

Tiffany & Co. Chrysanthemum Flatware Service, 247 Pieces

 

Continental Silver Gilt Salt Cellars

With all of your fine porcelain and silver flatware, it would be a shame to offer salt in a simple shaker. These salt cellars add further pizzazz to your tablescape, functioning both as convenient salt servers and decorative objets d’art. Each features kneeling satyrs supporting grotesque masks at each corner, lending a whimsical touch to your dinner spread.

 

 

Continental Silver Gilt Salt Cellars

 

French Silverplate Meat Trolley

If you’d like your guests to walk away feeling like they’ve just enjoyed a five-star French meal, this meat trolley is the perfect serving piece for you. It was made for and used at the world-famous Hôtel Ruhl in Nice. Designed by the Belle Époque architect Charles Dalmas, the Neoclassical Ruhl was outfitted in the tradition of the grand hotels of the 1920s and 1930s. At its height, the hotel attracted celebrities such as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Though it closed in the 1970s, it still maintains legendary status as one of history's great luxury hotels in the south of France.

 

 

Add to your salt and pepper shaker collection by shopping our pristine selection at M.S. Rau.

 

 

 

French Silverplate Meat Trolley

 

This trolley would have been right at home in the glamorous hotel. Raise the lid of the trolley to reveal a generous serving area with wells for au jus and other sauces. The removable serving surface may be heated by the burner below, ensuring the meat stays warm throughout the meal.

 

Emperor Napoléon Plate Warmer by Biennais

Emperor Napoléon Plate Warmer by Biennais

While your meat trolley keeps your main dish warm, you should also remember your sides. This plate warmer offers an easy solution. It is designed to hold hot water, so that any dish that is placed on top of it remains warm after serving. This example is further set apart by the fact that it was made for the table of the French Emperor Napoléon.

While these are some of our favorite pieces to get you started, M.S. Rau offers a number of culinary antiques to bring your next dinner party to the next level. From hand painted tea sets to antique cooking utensils, come and explore our fabulous collection. Contact your sales consultant today to find the perfect piece.

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