Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition
April 28, 2012–January 6, 2013
This exhibitions was created to explore the stunning range of objects associated with the history of wine drinking, especially in Britain and America. It shared 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! began 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 explored 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 focused on consumption and equipage and considered vessels associated with different types of wine, settings where beverages were consumed, and the role wine played in social life. Uncorked! also delved into the politics, patriotism, and taxes associated with wine. The religion and temperance sections encompassed both serious and, to modern eyes, humorous issues relating to such topics.
Raise a glass in toast to this fascinating exhibition!
- View the online exhibition.
- Take a virtual tour through the exhibition.
- Enjoy articles by Senior Curator Leslie B. Grigsby in County Lines Magazine and Antiques & Fine Art.
- Read related blog posts on Winterthur Unreserved, the museum and library blog.
Major funding for Uncorked! provided by
With support from
Gerret & Tatiana Copeland, Proprietors
Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP Wente Family Estates
Dixie and David De Luca; Judy and John Herdeg; Kristin and Frank Hohmann; Laurel Riegel; Coleman and Susan Townsend; Linda Wiseman
Adelphi Paper Hangings, LLC
Image at top of the page: print of A Midnight Modern Conversation, made by William Hogarth, London, England, 1733. Gift of Gordon Rust. 1975.0219.