Places– of Charm

If you don’t want to interrupt dining room conversation in order to have a food item passed, a Lazy Susan solves the problem.  Writer Bettijane Levine explains the English invention in about 1780 made of polished mahogany.

Lazy SusanDespite its enduring popularity, definitive documentation on the design’s origins remain oddly elusive. Logic dictates that some time long ago, a sloth named Susan inspired the entire galaxy of twirling servers. Who was she? And who invented the turntable trays that link her forever with an insulting adjective?   It may have become popular at a time when household servants were in declining supply. In the absence of maids or footmen to refill wine goblets and deliver condiments, diners were forced to reach across the table or interrupt conversation with “pass the pimientos please.” The Lazy Susan helped to solve that problem, and plenty of 18th century examples prove it. In January, a mahogany Lazy Susan — 16 inches in diameter and dated circa 1780 — sold at Christie’s auction house in London for about $3,900.  That’s it, above, and the photo is courtesy of Christie’s.


18 thoughts on “Places– of Charm

  1. The “household helper” is a miniature of the revolving pedestal tables used in England in the 1700s for wine and tea tasting. The name, Lazy Susan, became popular in the December 1917 Vanity Fair magazine and revolved with ball bearings.

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    $8.95 according to Cynthia Cathcart, a librarian for Vanity Fair. “An impossibly low wage for a servant, the Lazy Susan is the cleverest waitress in the world.”

  3. Kathleen Rowland

    Pinky, I have multilayered lazy susans embedded in one of our corner kitchen cabinets. I haven’t seen them in use on tables as yet.

  4. Janessa Breckinridge

    A couple of minutes ago I was looking at Lazy Susans online and ordered one from Target in rustic ranch wood, really pretty for $17.99!

  5. Kathleen Rowland

    Yes but the ones I have on now are temporary while the actual porcelain ones are being made that will be an exact tone. I will get them on in two weeks.

  6. Kathleen Rowland

    Rachel, after much shopping around I went to Bristol Dental which is just past South Coast Plaza before Warner. The cost is $800 per tooth as compared with $1200, the cost when I googled lumineers to find dentists. An orthodontist, Dr Lee did the prep work which is much like getting a crown. I can see from the temp that I like not having that gap!

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