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November 19, 1996
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"Traditions in Excellence: 100 Teapots from the
Norwich Castle Museum"
An Exhibit at Homewood House
"What would the world do without tea? How did it
Beginning Saturday, Jan. 11, Homewood House Museum will
offer visitors a
rare look at the history of one of this country's earliest and
social customs. For three months, a traveling exhibition of 100
the acclaimed Twining Teapot Gallery at the Castle Museum in
will be on display at the historic Federal period mansion on The
University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.
Sydney Smith 1771-1845
English writer, clergyman
The exhibition, titled "Traditions in Excellence: 100
Teapots from the
Norwich Castle Museum," explores the custom of tea preparation
drinking in the 18th and 19th centuries through its most
prominent object, the
British teapot. The 100 teapots in this exhibition are the finest
culled from the Twining Teapot Gallery's remarkable collection of
By the 1790s in both America and Great Britain, the ritual
held an important place in upper-class social life and commanded
for preparation and presentation. Visitors to the exhibit will
see why part of
the attraction of tea drinking lay in the beautiful and delicate
required. In those days, teapots were status symbols and tea
the opportunity for people to show off their wealth and taste.
The history of the British teapot cannot be separated from
Twinings, which is believed to be the world's oldest tea
from the same location in Strand, London, since 1706. Twinings
funds to house, catalogue and promote the collection at the
Samuel Twining, a ninth generation Twining family member and
Twinings Ltd., will visit Homewood House from Friday, Jan. 10,
Jan. 12, to meet with visitors and talk about the history of tea
and the fine
art of serving tea.
Note to press: Samuel Twinings will be the United States and
telephone interviews to be taped for future broadcast Dec. 3
through Dec. 5.
The exhibit will appear at Homewood House from Jan. 11
through March 25.
Homewood House is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4
Sundays from noon until 4 p.m. Following is a schedule of
special lectures and activities related to
the Traditions In Excellence exhibit. Reservations may be
obtained by calling
|Friday, Jan. 10
|Press opening luncheon at
Homewood with Sam Twining.
|Saturday, Jan. 11
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
|Public opening of exhibit.
|Saturday, Jan. 11
|Special Lectures with Sam
1 p.m. -- "The History of Tea."
3 p.m. -- "The Proper Making and Serving of Tea."
Note: These will be small, personal groups of no more than 25.
will be served. $8 for one session, $12 for both. Reservations
are taken on a
first-come, first-serve, basis.
|Sunday, Jan. 12
Noon to 4 p.m.
|Sam Twining will again be
available to meet with museum visitors.
|Saturday, Jan. 25
2 p.m., Merrick Barn Theater
|"Tales from a Well Traveled
Teapot." A lecture and tea with Jennifer
Goldsborough. Goldsborough, a nationally renowned historian, will
overview of tea, the social custom in England and America. She
the development of tea equipment and accessories. $15.
|Sunday, Feb. 2
1 to 3 p.m.
|A Teddy Bear Tea Party. A grand
tea party for children and their teddy bears.
$5. Reservations required.
|Saturday, Feb. 15
2 to 4 p.m.
|Valentine's Day Tea. Tea and
sweets at the Johns Hopkins Club. $20.
|Wednesday, Feb. 26
Noon, in the Clipper Room of Shriver Hall.
|Tea and Sympathy: The Ritualization of an
English Custom," a lecture by Sidney
Mintz, William L. Straus Jr. Professor in Anthropology. Free.
Sponsored by the
Office of Special Events Wednesday Noon
|Tuesday, March 25
10 a.m., Merrick Barn Theater.
|Discovery Day with Letitia Roberts of
Sotheby's. Roberts, senior vice
president and head of the Porcelain Department of Sotheby's will
porcelain or ceramic objects. Evaluation of one object is
included in the
admission, evaluation of subsequent objects will be made for an
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