"Sweetmeats" is one name for some of the earliest, fancy candies in England. What started in the Middle Ages as a way to preserve seasonal foods—by coating nuts or fruit bits in a sugary glaze—was expanded into a wide range of confectionary as sugar became more plentiful and more affordable (which brings-up another tragic topic). Early on, rich and fancy sweets were an indulgence and a symbol of wealth. After an aristocratic feast, the sumptuous sweetmeats would be presented to diners—often staged atop a fancy serving pedestal. As time passed, and sugar became a more plentiful commodity, sweetmeats became increasingly varied, novel and accessible by the masses. But the inclination to present them with flair (in a fancy box or on a fancy dish) never ceased.
This Victorian English footed Sweetmeats Dish sits atop a classic balustrade stem. The pentagonal dish is decorated with simple—but handsome—decorations, hand-cut on a glass wheel. It will present your bon bons with élan; it would also be useful for serving other foods (like dip or nuts) or as a decorative bowl (holding pinecones or glass ornaments). Click on the photo above to learn more about it.
Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well! Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com).
We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques (www.mahlaantiques.com) or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com).
Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only). 917-446-4248