Butter mould


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19th Century

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An unusual butter mould found in the Haute Savoie region of France. Both its shape and its subject represent a departure from the norm. While most of these moulds are rectangular and depict cows, alpine flowers, religious symbols or geometric designs, this one is ovoid and shows a bunch of grapes and vine leaves.
Traces of worming.
Late 19th century.

The first French and Italian references to butter moulds date from the end of the 18th century. They appear on the lists of household items willed to successive generations in both modest and wealthy families from the mountainous areas. They allowed butter to be conveniently portioned for sale or barter with most forms holding 250 or 500 grams.
In addition to religious symbols (propitious for the success of the product) most decorative motifs were linked to the dairy, its protagonists or the flora of grazing areas. Only later specimens depict what we might now define as commercial trademarks.
Daily exposure to water, milk fat and the decisive gestures that accompanied the unmolding process are responsible for the clear signs of wear that most of these tools exhibit. Many different types of wood were used to produce them with clear preferences for those that were easier to sculpt (pear, maple) and incapable of transmitting unpleasant odors to the butter.

Length (including handle) 41,5 cm, width 11,5 cm, height 4,5 cm


19th Century

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Bibliotheca Culinaria began as a specialized publisher providing books to Italy's professional chefs. Our curiosity regarding culinary history led to an interest in material culture and the many tools and objects that relate to agriculture, cooking, and dining.

We've assisted restaurants, pastry shops, and hotels in locating unusual items for their decor and are always delighted to add to a collection of kitchenalia. We welcome the challenge of assembling groups of objects for maximum visual impact. Our stock, largely Italian and French in origin, encompasses a range of materials and eras from Alpine treen to French majolica, from copper pots to Murano glass.

We find objects that display signs of use to be particularly eloquent. Handling them, we are reminded of the lasting impact of simple quotidian gestures and they return us to the particular convivial atmosphere of past times.

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