Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Words of the Day: SETTEE and CANAPÉ

Two words frequently used in the antique trade are "settee" and “canapé”  and yet what exactly do they mean? 

Well, I know you're expecting me to tell you that a canapé is something you eat at a cocktail party.

And you're exactly right. I like to call canapés "finger food" because it sounds moronic and slightly creepy.  Here's how you'd use this "canapé" word in a sentence: "She could tell from Buzz's 38-inch waist that he'd eaten way too many canapés in his day."

And here are some tasty examples:
List price: $1.90 each

But don't be fooled: these are different from antique canapés. Why? Because these are new and fresh (and if not, you'll find out about 4 am). Antique canapés are over 100 years old and are not, repeat NOT, edible.

Besides, this blog isn't supposed to be about catering (at least as far as I know). Here, we're only interested in the antique canapés along with their kissing cousins, the Settees.  Hey, weren't they that Girl Group that recorded "He's a Rebel" in the 60's? I loved that song, especially the line where the one gal sings "Sure he's bad but he's not EVIL" And then the back- up singers chirp, "Tell me mo', tell me mo'...."

In any event, for some actually useful information about settees and canapés, go to my comments on Decorati's Antique Canapés and Settees.


red ticking said...

very lovely blog... so informative.. will be back soon...have a nice weekend.

Buzz Kaplan said...

Many thanks for your comment!