Learn about Cruet and Condiment and Sets

A cruet also known as a caster, is a small container to hold condiments such as oil, vinegar, mustard, pepper. Its shape and adornments will depend on the specific condiment for which it is designed. For example a cruet for liquids may have a jug-like shape, while a cruet for a spice may be cylindrical with a lid and perhaps a small spoon for serving.

Cruets were made in silver, silver plate, ceramic and glass, and sometimes a combination of two materials, usually as a glass body with a silver or silver plated top.

The earliest cruets, from the beginning of the 18th century were known as "Warwick cruets" after a cruet set made by Anthony Nelme in 1715 for the Duke of Warwick, and include three elaborately decorated and shaped matching silver casters, usually with one unpierced, which held powdered mustard, and the other two for oil and vinegar, combined in a stand with a handle enabling it to be passed between dinner guests. more...
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A Chinese dinner set, decorated with florals, sacred bats, sacred objects, in polychrome on a white ground with gilded embellishment, comprising six dinner plates, four luncheon plates, 12 side plates, an ashette, a large lidded tureen, four serving bowls,

Herend Chinese Bouquet raspberry porcelain part dinner service forty two pieces comprising cups saucers side plates with sugar bowl, milk jug etc (42)

An early 20th century Yok Sang Chinese silver lidded preserve pot, cylindrical form, flared base, the domed lid and body with encircling engraved dragon decoration, spoon fitting to reverse, impressed marks, the clear glass liner possibly later. 170gms wit

A Chinese export ware dinner service, Republic period (1912-1949), consisting of a teapot, sugar, creamer, dessert plates, dinner plate, teacups, entree plates, the hand painted set is decorated with roosters, stamped china to base, some chips to teapot sp

Chinese export Kangxi-style blue and white partial dinner service, 19th century, including: seven dinner plates, fourteen side plates, two large plates, four deep plates, eight soup plates, one tureen, three graduated oval platters, one gravy boat, one spo

Late 19th century Chinese silver export ware three piece tea service, circular shape with dragon handles finials and body decoration (teapot hinge detached, sugar bowl lid with splitting, two pieces marked to the base. Provenance: from the collection of Su

A Chinese pottery tall vase of unusual shape, decorated with geometric designs. A crackled long Quan celadon glaze. Iron red foot. Evidence of salt water immersion with oyster shells attached. Height 32 cm

A large Chinese celadon bowl, decorated with a salt flake pattern on a green ground. Height 12 cm. Diameter 18.5 cm

A 19th century Chinese famille rose porcelain vase and a Victorian salt glazed jug

Rare antique Chinese export porcelain tea set - pot, jug, lidded sugar, slop bowl, plate and five cup and saucers, 18th century or very early 19th century

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