The art of drinking

Drink has stimulated a rich material culture. Specific situations and drinks require particular vessels; from stoneware beer mugs to jade cups and silver goblets. These objects reflect wealth and social class as well as local custom and tradition.

By placing these often curious vessels within the context of social history we are better able to understand their function and importance. The social history of drinking over the past 500 years encompasses pleasure and pain, tradition and innovation as well as extraordinary creativity in the decorative arts.

The Château de Juvisy Appeal

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The Chinese Art Book (Hardback)

The Chinese Art Book (Hardback)

The Chinese Art Book is a beautifully presented, authoritative and unprecedented overview of Chinese art. The book examines the art of the oldest cont…

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Event - Hidden Beauty: a contemporary take on Islamic pottery

Thu 08 May 2014 13:00

GALLERY TALK: Join Egyptian ceramicist Ibrahim Said, who grew up in the ancient pottery quarter of Fustat in Cairo.

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