Upcoming Exhibitions At Homewood
  • Nov 7
    TO Dec 30
    As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from the Bramble Collection
    November 7, 2017December 30, 2017
    Location: Homewood Museum Price: Free with guided museum tour admission

    Tea drinking was a popular social ritual in 18th and early 19th century Britain and America, and manufacturers rushed to produce a variety of fashionable tea accoutrements. Of all the different items used in the tea service, the caddy – a closed container for securing and storing the exotic and expensive tea leaves – was the object upon which craftsmen lavished their greatest skills and materials, including silver, porcelain, papier mâché, tortoise shell, ivory, and fine woods. This exhibition features 150 tea caddies from the private collection of Broadway author Mark Bramble that demonstrate the dazzling array of designs that were created, in addition to superb examples of teaware drawn from private lenders and Homewood’s permanent collection. Maryland’s rich historical connections to tea are also explored, including the 1774 tea parties in Annapolis and Chestertown that presaged the American Revolution.


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