Lutezia Dinner Fork Set (Set of 6) - 22 cm Length - Handcrafted in Italy - Pewter & Stainless Steel
The dinner fork is used to eat main courses for both informal and formal meals; its larger size balances the array of tableware on a fully-appointed formal table particularly well.
The fork has a recent history in Britain, and there was a great reluctance by our ancestors to use them, as people generally ate with their fingers, including Queen Anne, as late as the 17th Century. Thomas Coryat pioneered the use of forks in Britain in the early 1600s following his long walking tours around Europe, where he noted that the Italians, who had been using forks since the 11th Century in Venice, ‘cannot by any means indure to have [their] dish touched with fingers, seeing all men’s fingers are not alike cleane’. However, it was still many decades before there was a general acceptance to use forks instead of fingers. It wasn’t until the reign of Charles II that a distinction between dinner and dessert forks developed, and until the second half of the 18th Century before the now-commonplace four-tined forks appeared.
The Lutezia range of flatware and serving ware is, however, inspired by ancient Rome, in fact Lutezia is the Roman name for Paris. The pewter handles take the form of double or bow-shaped balusters, a design that features prominently in Roman silverware, such as handmirrors, spoons, forceps and other utensils from the 2nd Century BC, as well as within architecture, where marble columns and bas-reliefs were carved as balusters. There are further Roman touches to the handles, including the anthemia or palmette-styled decorated terminals or handle tips, as well as fluted frieze-style decorated handle necks; both very popular styles in Roman art and architecture. The classic style of the cutlery, with its exquisite and elegant design, adds sophistication to any table setting, formal or informal.
Hand-made by Italian craftsmen, using both pewter and stainless steel produced in Brescia, Lombardy, the dinner fork is fused to combine strength and an ergonomic design. Sold as six, the strong dinner fork is stunning to hold and behold, and complements a full range of flatware available in Cosi Tabellini's popular Lutezia range.
The pewter handles of Lutezia cutlery are made using a special technique: the molten pewter is directly cast onto the steel tips of the cutlery; this process forms what is really a single element in which the "hardness" of the steel discreetly dissolves into the "soft" surface of the pewter handle, more suitable for contact with the hands.
Size: Length 22 cm
Weight: 89 g per fork
Materials Used: Pewter, Stainless Steel
Designer: Alberto Tabellini
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100% Lead Free
All Cosi Tabellini Pewter is 100% lead-free, so it is totally food & drink safe, and is both EU and US FDA approved.
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