This receptacle stood on the table on special occasions. Although it was never used for food, since it was far too precious. It was made for the city of Nuremberg in 1549 by Wenzel Jamnitzer, then a world-famous silversmith. Jamnitzer produced incredibly intricate work using a new method. All the twigs and flowers that seem to be crafted, were in fact individually cast. Merkelsche Tafelaufsatz, Wenzel Jamnitzer, 1549.