Diploma Unit Two. Architectural Association School of Architecture

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Analysis : Sourtout de Table



In this page, table centerpiece called sourtout de table is analyzed.



Surtout de Table

A surtout de table is an ornamental centerpiece displayed on a formal dining table. Evolving from a simple plate or bowl on which to stand candlesticks and condiments, a surtout de table often took the form of a long galleried tray made of precious or gilded metals, on which a series of other objects were placed for display. It was often made in sections allowing its length to be determined by the leaves added to the table. During the later half of the 18th century and throughout the 19th century, no formal table was considered compete without one. It was not uncommon, if a surtout de table were commissioned for a specific house, for an indigenous theme to be used in the style. Hence, a hunting lodge may have a surtout de table with figurines of dogs and their quarry while a grander town palace would feature the most fashionable Rococo or Baroque styles of the day.

– Cited from Wikipedia Surtout de Table –











This ornament infer the possibility of  idle space as on the traditional table. This suggests that future ornament will be related to joy or information.