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. Delight in this unusual, and often humorous, exhibition as you explore a visual feast of flora and fauna adorning hundreds of dazzling tableware. Inspired by contemporary art installations, this major exhibition proves that while many things have changed in our world, the love of nature-inspired motifs as part of the dining experience continues to the present day. Members free. Included with admission.


For more infomation on Dining by Design, read the press release.


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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