Large rectangular salver

Large rectangular salver

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Large and impressive 20th century rectangular plain silver salver or tray in the Videau pattern, a pattern named after the famous Hugenot silversmith Ayme Videau working in the mid 18th century. The salver is mounted on four supports and has an applied, moulded border.

The usable surface of this silver tray is 490mm x 350mm (19" x 13¾")

The serving tray as we know it today is an evolution of the salver, which was a term used in England from the mid-seventeenth century to denote a flat tray without handles, usually made of silver. Some salver designs feature supporting feet - usually three or four.

The word salver derives from the Latin salvare meaning to save. Originally, food or drink intended for royalty would be initially tasted by a servant for signs of poison before it reached the royal top table. Being served on the salver indicated that this process had taken place and the food and drink was now fit for a king.

Salvers later became commonplace in aristocratic and wealthy homes and Samuel Pepys is recorded as an owner of a salver, signifying his high social standing.


Width 355 mm / 14 "
Depth 415 mm / 16 "
Weight 3470 g (111.56 troy ozs)