Lini e Lane di Firenze, Catalog 1961 – Table Setting and Etiquette – A journey back in time
Δευτέρα, 26 Οκτωβρίου, 2009
Today I want to share with you fragments of the 1961 catalog of the house of “Lini e Lane di Firenze”. I discovered it in the papers of my mother. It is a journey back in time, and for me a journey of reminiscence.
I start with the cover page of the catalog.
The content is entirely dedicated on the breakfast, lunch and dinner tables. The text is in French.
I continue with some rules regarding the setting of the table.
The first is the normal way as the authors call it. A basic rule is that the napkin must be simply folded and on the plate.
Moving on to the more formal arrangements.
We can now state more basic rules.
Most important of all, is that the whole composition must be balanced, all items gravitating towards the undeniable center, the dinner plate.
Utensils are placed in the order of their use, starting from the outside. (Careful with the salad, as in France it is served last!)
Forks are always placed on the left, knifes on the right.
Dinner plates should be 2,5 to 3 centimeters from the edge of the table.
Here comes the text for the setting.
But this is not all! We have rules for seating the guests.
And the rules for serving!
Now is the time to have a look at another example of table setting.
This is a rather casual setting, to lighten things up!
This is all for today, have a great morning, evening, night, whatever you want it to be!
P.S. This is dedicated to Despinarion, who inspired me with her beautiful post of reminiscence a few days ago. Thank you Despinarion!