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Myriam Arcangeli

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060422

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060422.001.0001

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The Creole Art of the Table

The Creole Art of the Table

(p.99) Chapter Five The Creole Art of the Table
Sherds of History

Myriam Arcangeli

University Press of Florida

Both at the sites and in the texts, tableware represented the largest sub-ensemble of objects. Sociability and hospitality were an intrinsic part of life in the colonies, and Guadeloupeans used this abundant tableware to throw dinner and lunch parties. Seemingly, Creole women also socialized in their homes around hot drinks and snacks. Such feasting practices and commensal events must have had important functions in Creole society that can also be explored thanks to the attributes of the tableware and beverage services involved. In particular, the types of objects as well as the style of the faiences and faiences fines that Guadeloupeans selected appear meaningful.

Keywords:   tableware, beverage services, sociability, hospitality, commensal events, feasting, faience, faience fine, faience style, Creole women

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