Silver Dishes and Credences
An antique silver platter is a large round or oval dish. Platters were used for serving meals and occasionally have a simple but representative character.
A credence, a présentoir or tazza is a tablet with feet and belonged most commonly in sets. The ceremonial life-style, before the eighteenth century, imposed the keeping of a distance between the gentleman and the servant already. This is why the credence was used as an “intermediary” object between the two classes. Moreover, credences were seen on the table during the ceremonial diner. Besides of this, women often used these objects for their daily toilet and morning beauty care.