Culinary Mould

1700-1800 (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Culinary mould of incised pearwood for stamping patterns on cakes. The mould depicts winged figure represented in the costume of the period.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Incised pearwood
Brief Description
German 1700-1800 pearwood
Physical Description
Culinary mould of incised pearwood for stamping patterns on cakes. The mould depicts winged figure represented in the costume of the period.
Dimensions
  • Height: 16.5cm
  • Width: 8.6cm
  • Depth: 3.2cm
Object history
Purchased by the V&A in 1906.
Historical context
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.
Collection
Accession Number
109-1906

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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