New Year card from Messrs Clifford & Co, Confectioners
Medium: Print on paper
This is the reverse of a New Year's card from the confectionary firm, Messrs Clifford & Co.
19th century confectioners took special care to tempt potential customers with an attractively presented shop window. Rows of glass jars filled with brightly coloured sweets were often displayed alongside cakes covered in beautiful decorations. Some of these cakes were made to look like meat dishes, like a boar's head or a pheasant. These were ‘trompe l’oeil’ jokes for the more wealthy members of society, and would have looked very striking indeed as the centre piece at a large dinner party.