Learn about Entree Dishes

The name would indicate that entree dishes were designed to serve the course before the main course. However they are also called "serving dishes" which is probably more indicative of their purpose: to hold and serve the vegetables accompanying the meat, or to hold the hot accompaniments for a breakfast. In order to keep the contents of the dish warm, many entree dishes had an inlet and double skinned base so that hot water could be added to the lower section of the dish. Another feature of theses dishes is the detachable top handle, allowing the dish itself to be heated in the oven or on the stove, with the unheated handle added after the hot dish was removed from the heat. They became popular in the late 18th century, and were often made in pairs or fours. When owned by an important family, the family's armourials were often engraved on the lid.

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A twin handled German silver (800) repousse footed serving dish, 396g

A fine American sterling silver scallop shell sauce dish, 1920-1945, with maker's mark of M. Fred Hirsch, and bearing mark of later period, of typical form with a looping handle with thumb spur, raised on two ball feet, with handle terminal also servin

An Austrian Art Nouveau silver Entre dish, with embossed floral and foliate design, hallmarked and stamped Singer makers mark HM, total weight 1466 grams, 34 cm length

A Georgian sterling silver covered serving dish 18th to early 19th century, London, with rubbed marks. An oval dish with looped threaded handles, with a flat top domed lid of typical form and bearing lion crests to both sections; marks to base and lid both

A fine sterling silver covered entrée dish 1911/12 Sheffield, with maker's mark for James Deakin & Sons. The rectangular dish of typical form with a domed lid and removable handle with semi circular handle, gadroon features throughout; hallmarked t

A pair of Georg Jensen Harald Nielsen sterling silver Pyramid, serving bowls, 600A, stamped HN with Georg Jensen silver marks, diameter 26 cm, total weight 1569gms

George III sterling silver entree dish plain oval 2 handled form, engraved crest to the lid, London 1784, maker, John Schofield.

A George IV pair of sterling silver oblong entree dishes, covers and detectable floral loop handles and elaborate flower and gadrooned rims by Benjamin Smith III, London 1820, engraved with a contemporary coat of arms. 30.5 x 25 cm, 4715 grams total weight

A silver entree dish; rectangular form with scalloped ribbed border; Hukin & Heath Ltd, Birmingham, 1915. Weight 1285g.

An Austro-Hungarian silver entree dish with scalloped edge and floral engraving; 800 standard, Vienna. Weight 1100g.

A George III sterling silver rectangular serving dish and cover by Burrage Davenport, London 1784@. 29 x 14 cm, approx. 545grams

A George IV sterling silver entree dish and cover London, circa 1822 with engraved armorials front and back, shell and floriated rim decoration, 2010grs total weight, 27 cm long x 16 cm high

Georg Jensen (1866-1935) A sterling silver lidded serving dish model number 417, two shell shaped teak handles 29 x 15 cm, 926 grs total weight

A George III sterling silver entree dish resting on a Sheffield plate warming base, Richard Sibley, London, 1826, and the stand T & J Creswick, Sheffield the dish of rectangular form, with applied acanthus and reeded border to the top, surmounted by a remo

An American sterling silver fruit serving dish, Tiffany & Co., New York, 1902-1907 shaped as a peacock fan, with applied cast border, alternating pierced trellises to the 'feather tops', with scrolling Fleur de Lis form pierced handle, resting on four acan

A German 875 silver canteen, 11 Dessert spoons, 6 teaspoons, 11 coffee spoons, 12 dinner forks, and 12 entree forks 8 dinner knives with stainless blades

A pair of Victorian silver entree dishes and covers, John Samuel Hunt, London 1844, each of shaped circular form with applied flower and foliate scroll-wrapped border and handles, the conforming cover with a similar upper border and cast leaf capped detach

A Victorian silver bacon tureen, traditional oval shape with swivelling dome cover, ivory button form handle, raised on four splayed legs with ball feet and detail. London 1887 by Edward Hutton. Weight 1965gms. Width 35 cm

Three near matching hallmarked sterling silver serving dishes. Graduated. Largest, London 1899, makers B/RT (marks rubbed); and 2 London 1908, makers C & S Co. Ltd. Almost matching embossed decorations (smaller pair matching). Masked quad footed. Gilt wash

A pair of Victorian silver serving dishes, each shaped oval, with a chased and embossed band of fruit and leaf; Martin, hall & Co., London 1877. 32 x 23.5 cm. Total weight approx 1015g.

An Indian silver serving dish, Hyberdad, 20th century plain centre serving dish with ornate rim decorated with leaves and hearts stamped silver to base. Provenance: From the collection of an Australian diplomat. Height 27 cm

An important Paul Storr sterling silver entree dish and cover hallmarked London 1814. The tureen is decorated with gadrooned borders and shell motif handle and inscribed, 'Presented by the Duchess Del Infantado to Commander Robert Dalton RN', together with

A sterling silver entree dish, approx weight 63 oz. troy - London 1904

Pair sterling silver oval entree dishes of plain oval double handled shape, the detachable lids engraved with initials, maker Prouds.

Victorian sterling silver 2 part serving dish hallmarked Sheffield 1894, 18.4 cm wide, 15 cm high, 210 grams

An English sterling silver serving dish, Sheffield, Martin Hall & Co, 1899 Reputed to have belonged to Sir David Harris who was associated with Cecil John Rhodes

A pair of sterling silver Victorian entree dishes and covers, John Samuel Hunt, London 1862 the dishes of oval form with gadrooned borders and scroll shaped handles, the covers surmounted with oval finials 1491gms, each, 36 cm diameter

Three 800 silver graduated circular trays together with a matching oval serving dish, each with a gadrooned border. 1587gm total. 821gm oval tray.

A Carl M. Cohr Danish style silver serving dish. Early 20th century, marked: 'COHR'. Length 31 cm. Approx. weight 557grams

A pair of Victorian sterling silver shaped circular entree dishes and covers, London, 1857, by Smith & Nicholson. 17 cm high, 32 cm diameter, weight 1.6kg each

A pair of Scottish sterling silver Entre dishes with gadrooned borders and handles. Edinburgh 1937. Weight: 2612g. Length 28 cm

Victorian sterling silver oval floral embossed Sweets serving dish. Sheffield 1897. Maker W.M. & S. 27 cm. Oval

1930's sterling silver lidded entree dish of simple form, 1200grams (36oz)

Sterling silver lidded entree dish. Rectangular-shaped decorated with gadrooned edge. Hallmarked for Sheffield 1952 and maker's mark for Atkin. 55 cm, 1020 gm

A rare pair of Georgian sterling silver lidded Entr?«e dishes rectangular with gadrooned edgings and removable scroll handles. London, 1811. Makers Guest & Craddock. Weight 2.8kg

A Victorian silver bacon tureen, oval shaped with domed cover with an ivory handle, raised on four supports with decorative ball feet and finials. London 1887 by Edward Hutton. Width 35 cm, weight 1965gms

A Victorian silver entree dish and cover, Paul Storr, London 1838 the scalloped edge cover with entwined acanthus leaf handle, the base with scroll, leaf and shell border, marked and numbered on dish, cover and finial 1800GMS, 32. 5 cm wide

Large silver chafing dish of rectangular form with glass liner, raised on paw feet. Length 50 cm. Width 34 cm

Heavy quality George IV Regency sterling silver entree dish, with carved and floral cast handle, oblong gadroon border to plain lid and dish, London 1822. Maker John Angel, 1780 grams

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