For the many cooks at Kew Palace, more nerve-shattering than a fly in the soup would surely have been a sovereign in the scullery. Food preparation went on in the basement, where thick walls and vaulted ceilings cut down the risk of fire. In the dry blast of the bakehouse, dough was rolled out on the eight foot long kneading table, while next door in the scullery, a master scourer and his assistant cleaned the pots with ashes and lye. China Circa 1860 lacquered dining, library, or conference table with a stone top on straight legs with incurved feet (AZ105)
England circa 1740 refectory table (AZ164)
The bakehouse kneading table was made in the 1720’s. Darker patches on the walls behind indicate where shelves and cupboards were once fixed. England circa 1880 railway or library table with brass rails (AO108) In the cooler, groin-vaulted bakehouse, with its many ovens and washing copper of late date, the flood is of white close-jointed Purbeck marble.
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