Liquor chest, various case bottles, tray, and wineglasses. Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont. 1959.2778 A-J.
Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition
April 28, 2012–January 6, 2013
Join Wintherthur in celebrating this delightful beverage with a new exhibition created to explore the stunning range of objects associated with the history of wine drinking, especially in Britain and America. The exhibition will share a fascinating and incredibly broad range of wine-related materials—from wineglasses and cellarettes to song sheets and paintings—and, in total, will include more than 300 objects.
Uncorked! begins with classical references by providing an insightful look into Greek and Roman wine vessels as inspirations for many later objects and ornamental motifs. The exhibition then explores the business of marketing wine, bottles, glasses, and other objects and considers some “tricks of the trade” by which unscrupulous merchants increased profit margins.
The largest portion of the exhibition focuses on consumption and equipage and considers vessels associated with different types of wine, settings where beverages were consumed, and the role wine played in social life. Uncorked! also delves into the politics, patriotism, and taxes associated with wine. The religion and temperance sections encompass both serious and, to modern eyes, humorous issues relating to such topics.
For more information please visit: Wintherthur Museum & Gardens