The culinary arts are, of course, primarily expressed in food: quality ingredients masterfully combined and coaxed to create dazzling dishes that astound the palette. However, the humble tools used to make such marvels can also be considered an art-form unto themselves.
Any truly outstanding tool must be a perfect balance between beauty and utility, and these antique porcelain game terrines from Pillivuyt of France are fantastic examples. Dating from between 1900 and 1910 (possibly the pheasant is a bit later), these pieces are exquisitely crafted and entirely hand-painted. Their matte, earthenware-like exteriors emulate traditional French en croute pastry crusts, yet their interiors are clean, bone-white porcelain. Incredibly sturdy yet wonderfully elegant and also satisfyingly practical: these are perfect for “oven to table” service as still found in many fine restaurants throughout France.
Simply gorgeous objects worthy of Julia Child’s Parisian kitchen!