During the Stuart period porringers became to be made with rich ornamentation. It is likely that silversmiths took great influence from glass blowers at this time. Glass blowing in Murano (an island near Venice, Italy) for example was highly eminent during this period. This resulted in porringers with bead like ornamentation.
The porringer eventually started to be obscured by other silver items when the Queen Anne style was dominant (1702-1714). The tureen, the punch bowl, and tea related items came into their prime at this point.
Today, antique silver porringers can be used in various ways. Whether they are cherished as ornamental pieces, utilised and filled with food as they were originally intended or gifted as a christening / wedding present, they still retain their place within any collection of silver hollowware.