Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Pehr Hilleström's Kitchen
On the mantle are more common tools which seems oddly out of easy reach. On the left is a mortar and pestle to grind spices. To the right is a coffee grinder, further showing that the home owner is someone who is well-to-do.
On the floor is the one kitchen item that seems out of place, a large copper kettle or perhaps even bake-kettle (Dutch Oven). While everything else in the kitchen is organized and in place this one giant pot is on its side just waiting for a rushing servant to trip over it. Perhaps the pot has just been washed and is drying in this strange place on the floor. Or perhaps it is a reference to a Chardin painting which also has the same large tripping hazard.
Like any well-planned kitchen this one is tiled for easy cleaning. Notice the fancy-handled broom in the corner; a clean kitchen is necessary for producing yummy food. Now all it needs is the precursor to the vacuum-cleaner: the kitchen dog!