Communal Napkin, 19th century

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This image of the 17th century dinner party suggests that group napkins were once quite common. From Mongolia to Turkey, groups of honored guests were provided on special occasions with a single elaborate napkin. In urban areas the form seems to have disappeared by the end of the 18th century and this piece is a rare example.

Communal Napkin
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