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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”

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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.


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.