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Commemorative dish or tip tray from La Caravelle

Object Name: Dish or tip tray
Date: 1995
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Medium: Glazed and painted porcelain
Dimensions: Overall: 3/4 in. × 5 1/2 in. diam. (1.9 × 14 cm)
Description: Small, concave, circular dish; white porcelain body decorated with salmon-colored border along dish edge; at center, gold painted sailing ship and lettering with name “La Caravelle” in salmon glaze, and “1960-1995” in gold.
Credit Line: Gift of André Jammet
Object Number: 2015.52
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Marks: Reverse marked by manufacturer: stylized “B / BERNADAUD / LIMOGES / FRANCE / . / Rèalisé pour Rita et André Jammet / 21 septembre 1995”

Gallery Label:

This small dish commemorates the closing of La Caravelle, a restaurant located at 33 West 55 Street from 1960 to 1995. La Caravelle became a New York institution and one of the few key destinations in the city for formal French haute cuisine during the period. The restaurant was a favorite of the city’s glitterati, as well as prominent journalists, politicians (including Joseph and John F. Kennedy), artists, and members of Europe's royal families.

Provenance:

This dish was initially given to the Historical Society in 2004. Library Operations Director, Nina Nazionale, received the dish that year from the restaurant’s owner, along with a selection of dining menus he donated to the Society’s library.