What is it? If you ask most people, it’s a piece of furniture you usually find in a dining room where you can store glassware, utensils, table linens, etc, or even place food on before serving. A credenza, buffet or sideboard as others would call it, is an extremely versatile piece that can add much needed storage to a home.
The history of the credenza, however, is much more interesting than its uses today. In existence since the 19th century, credenzas found their way into the homes of kings and other nobility where they were actually used to prevent poisoning schemes. The food would be placed on the credenza where it could be inspected, tried and deemed free and clear of poison by an official taste tester. Trust was gained and fears alleviated in this public display and ritual surrounding the food and credenza.
In Italian, the word for trust is credenza which is what we still use to this day for this popular piece of furniture.
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