- Fruit stewed or cooked in a syrup, usually served as a dessert.
- A dish with a base, stem and often a lid, crafted in glass, china, or silver. Its purpose is to serve fruit, nuts, sweets, etc.
Often a compote dish might be described as a tazza or as a comport dish. Therefore, in order to understand what a compote dish is, it might be useful to explain the (slight) difference between a tazza, a comport dish and a compote dish.
A tazza is a shallow, wide dish which sits on top of a short stem with a wide based foot. I would suggest that what makes the tazza stand out from a comport dish, and also a compote dish, is that a tazza can be made for entirely decorative purposes. In fact, often they may be made out of materials that are not intended or safe for holding food.
A comport is often shaped like a big, flatter, bon bon dish, and they are also used for holding food. Sometimes some comports can be quite flat, like a small, slightly rimmed plate situated on a pedestal base.
A comport dish, sounds a lot like a compote dish…in fact, the origin of the word comport is a 16th century variation of compote – so they are actually connected. Some people suggest that the difference between the two is that compotes have lids, whereas comports don’t; however, this is not always the case as compotes don’t necessarily always have lids. Perhaps the difference is that compotes have a distinctive shape: they look like vases or bon bon dishes, comports, on the contrary, are bowl and saucer-like in shape.
From this exploration, we can identify a compote dish as a vase/bon bon dish shaped dish on top of a based stem, occasionally with a lid, that is used to hold food such as fruit, nuts and sweets.
View some of our examples of silver dishes which we feel would work very well as comport/compote dishes:
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