Charger with depiction of Adam and Eve

Charger

Bristol, England

1700-1720

Traditionally, a charger is a large platter or plate, usually circular or oval, used for serving meat. Today, a charger plate is larger than a dinner plate but smaller than a platter. At a formal dinner, the charger plate is placed at each setting and is generally removed after the first course, when the main entrée is served.


This charger depicts Adam and Eve with the Tree of Life, around which is entwined the Serpent. This decorative subject occurs frequently on English earthenware of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.