The Musée Ariana’s new exhibition Gallivanting teapots. Origins and evolution of an art of living
highlights the collection of exceptional teapots kept by the museum. The presentation offers the
opportunity to discover the formal, stylistic and decorative evolution of this fascinating object
over the course of 500 years.
Invented in China in the early 16th century, the teapot was to spread at lightning speed, brought to Europe
by the large East India Companies. Not merely a utilitarian object and now a familiar one in our part of the
world, the teapot is also testimony of an art of living that developed around the drinking of tea. Over the
centuries, this exotic beverage would come to pervade all levels of society.
Composed of a body, spout, handle and lid, each teapot has its own particular characteristics. Evocation
of this form and its history allows us to discover the richness of the museum’s collections, whose diversity
of styles, decoration and added elements are indicative of a constantly-evolving fashionable trend.
This exhibition also appeals to your senses. As well as sight, both smell and taste will be solicited, senses
rarely called upon in a museum.
Tuesday to Sunday : 11 am - 6 pm
Monday : closed
Price Free access