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The Art of Food in Europe, 1500 – 1800

92: Double-sided gingerbread mould

Double-sided gingerbread mould with King William III (front) and Queen Mary II (back) Double-sided gingerbread moulds with a man carved into one side and a woman into the other are common. The English sugar banquet table at the start of the exhibition includes a pair of fashionably dressed gingerbread musicians in the form of a male harpist and a female lutenist, pressed from an exceptionally well-carved, double-sided, boxwood mould. This remarkable English mould – one of the largest of its time in existence – has portraits of William III and Mary II of England, likely made in c.1689 to produce gingerbread likenesses to celebrate their coronation.

England, c.1689

Unidentified wood

Displayed with pressings by Ivan Day, 2019

Private collection

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