Dating: 17th century
Dimensions (cm): Ø 46
Inv. no.: PD0005
In the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, tin containers were common among the members of the Nobility and Royal families. In the inventory of goods (1507) that belonged to Beatriz, mother of King Manuel I, it is possible to count ‘six large tin basins’, two of whose size is unknown, as well as twenty-six ‘tin plates’.
Over the Dukes’ table this type of tin crockery was used – small plates for individual use, basins (large pots used to contain and serve the food) – as well as large plates called cardinal plates and, later, platters which were also used for serving food.
According to the documents of that time, it seems that valuable pieces were used on the banqueting tables of that time – silver or tin – used by the most important and distinguished guests. However, there were also ordinary pieces produced in clay or wood, used by the other guests.