Culinary Mould

1670-1740 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

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Place Of Origin

Culinary mould of incised pearwood, for stamping patterns on cakes. On the front is the Agnus Dei, with the sacred blood pouring from its breast into a chalice.


object details
Category
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Culinary Mould
  • Plaster Cast
  • Plaster Cast
Materials and Techniques
Incised pearwood
Brief Description
Culinary mould, German, 1670-1740
Physical Description
Culinary mould of incised pearwood, for stamping patterns on cakes. On the front is the Agnus Dei, with the sacred blood pouring from its breast into a chalice.
Dimensions
  • Height: 12.7cm
  • Width: 10.8cm
  • Depth: 2.5cm
Historical context
Culinary moulds were carved in intaglio (the design carved into the block) in various hardwoods, usually boxwood or fruitwoods, to create shapes or surface patterns 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.
Collection
Accession Number
119:1-1906

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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