What are sweetmeats?
Sweetmeats refers to any sweet or savory snacks that would be served on the dish during the eighteenth- century dessert course. Sugared nuts and candied fruits were popular items to serve. Dessert was the culminating event of any dinner party, and dishes were designed to entertain and spark conversation. Potters who worked at the bow factory modeled this dish on real sea shells!
What did this dish serve?
It was used to serve sweetmeats, which were typically candied fruit or nuts. It could also be used to serve pickles. The Bow factory kept sea shells in their studio to serve as models for the sculptors to use!
What might this have been used for?
Why for sweetmeats of course! Sweetmeats are sweet snacks, such as candy or sugar covered fruits and nuts.