Drawings of centerpieces from back when they made the social splash, not the food. From the archives of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Late 18th century to around 1840.

Design for a surtout de table (centerpiece). 18th c.
Design for a surtout de table (centerpiece). 18th c. Made in Paris. Pen with brown ink and gray wash. Babel, maker. Image Musée des Arts Décoratifs. ©Photo Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/surtout-de-table-1?mode=default
Design for a surtout de table (centerpiece).
Design for a surtout de table (centerpiece). 1814-1830. Watercolor on paper. Attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751–1843). © Collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/surtout-de-table?mode=default
Design for two modèles de surtout de table (detail).
Design for two modèles de surtout de table (detail) (centerpieces). 1800. Spanish. Pen, brown ink, pencil and watercolor. Artist not known. Image © Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/deux-modeles-de-surtout-de-table?mode=default
 Design for a surtout de table (centerpiece) from the Album Giroux. 1852-1870.
Design for a surtout de table (centerpiece) from the Album Giroux. 1852-1870. French. Crayon and gouache on paper. House of Alphonse Giroux, makers. Image © Musée des Arts Décoratifs. ©Photo Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/surtout-de-table-7?mode=default
Design for a surtout de table (centerpiece). 1814-1830.
Design for a surtout de table (centerpiece). 1814-1830. French. Watercolor. Attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843). Image © Musée des Arts Décoratifs. ©Photo Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris/Jean Tholance. Fair use license.via http://collections.madparis.fr/surtout-de-table-4?mode=default
Dessin for a surtout à liqueur. 1775-1785.
Dessin for a surtout à liqueur. 1775-1785. Pen and ink with watercolor. Artist not known. Image © Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Fair use license. via http://collections.madparis.fr/modele-de-surtout-a-liqueur?mode=default
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