This exhibition started on September 06, 2017 and is on display until March 25, 2018.

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Gluttony

Gluttony refers to the overindulgence of any number of substances and activities, and this selection highlights a few of the more fashionably accessorized. Beautiful bar and tablewares, crafted in age-old traditions and novel designs, set the stage for gastronomic pleasures to come, while elaborate services for tea and coffee encourage one to have another cup. Handsome designs in tobacco accessories are functional and worthy of showing off, no inhaling required. Specially designed furnishings and boards make gaming more exciting and comfortable, with winnings fashionably toted in a gaming purse. The petite cages allow one to enjoy the music of crickets, when they are not performing in the arena.

  • Cooler, ca. 1795
  • glazed and gilded porcelain with polychrome overglaze decoration.
  • Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane.
  • 1926-22-468-a/c
  • Wine Glass, 1740–50
  • cut, engraved, and gilded glass.
  • Museum purchase through gift of James Loeb.
  • 1951-147-1-a,b
  • This object is no longer on display as part of this exhibition.
  • Dessert Service And Case (France), ca. 1890
  • silver, steel, gilding, enamel, mother-of-pearl; oak, brass, metal, leather,....
  • Museum purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program,....
  • 1996-56-1/81
  • Cakestand (France), ca. 1880
  • porcelain, enamel decoration.
  • Museum purchase through bequest of Dona Guimaraes and from Decorative Arts....
  • 1993-124-7