Dining by Design - Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

Dining by Design: Nature Displayed on the Dinner Table

April 1, 2018–January 6, 2019

Platter with Mandarin scenes of Chinese figures in outdoor settings. Gift of Daniel and Serga Nadler 2014.16.161.1
Scenes of Chinese figures in outdoor settings decorate this tureen and stand. Gift of Leo A. and Doris C. Hodroff 2003.47.18a-c

From the 1600s to the present, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Everything from painted butterflies and hand-modeled flowers to molded seashells can be found on a fascinating range of dishes and plates. Whether it’s a recipe for “Barbecued Fawn,” fabulous tureens in the shapes of various animals, or instructions on how to fold a napkin so that it resembles a palm tree, prepare to be delighted by this unusual, often humorous exhibition that lets you explore a visual feast of flora and fauna adorning hundreds of dazzling ceramics and tablewares. Members free. Included with admission.


Image at top: Plate from a service commissioned by Ulysses S. Grant during his 1879 visit to Canton. Gift of Daniel and Serga Nadler 2014.16.234

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