The plates of the respective course are placed on the presentation plates. Thus, the underplate is flat and larger than common plates.
It serves to protect the tablecloth from contamination.
- Nandine Meyden: Table manners. In the restaurant. At a business lunch. At home . 2nd updated edition. Humboldt, Hannover 2011, ISBN 978-3-86910-018-0 ( excerpts in the Google book search).