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Culinary mould, or Lebkuchen Presse, made from pearwood and incised on both sides for stamping patterns on cakes. On one side, a woman is shown in the costume of the period, seated at a spinning-wheel; at one corner is the letter 'F' (reversed). On the reverse, a basket of fruit within a heart-shaped wreath.
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'F' at one corner
Height: 19.1 cm, Width: 11.7 cm, Depth: 2.5 cm
Historical context note
Culinary moulds were carved in intaglio (the design carved into the block) in various hardwoods, usually boxwood or fruitwoods, to create shapes for gingerbread, sweetmeats or the sugar sculptures that were made to decorate grand banquets or desserts from the 16th century onwards. Gingerbread moulds might be fairly simple, for pieces sold at fairs, but some of the moulds for sugar sculptures could be very complicated, and provide shapes for various parts of a decoration, that were then joined with sugar paste into three-dimensional objects (temples, beds, animals). This mould is likely to have been made for gingerbread.
Culinary mould, German, 1680-1720
Furniture and Woodwork Collection