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 Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014

5 April - 27 July 2014. The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 is a comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to Italy's reputation for quality and style.

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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 - Big Bucks: The Explosion of the Art Market

Fri 20 June 2014 18:30

EVENING TALK: Financial Times columnist, Georgina Adam explores the transformation of contemporary art market from a niche trade to a global operation worth an estimated $50 billion a year.

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