This exhibition looks at the cultural significance of tea, tracing the history of the drink from its origins in Chinese culture to its adoption in the West from the 18th century. Works by contemporary artists including Phoebe Cummings and Edmund de Waal are on show alongside a range of traditional teaware from China, Japan and India. Find out more from Compton Verney’s website.
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Nine bends of the Juiquxi River in the Wuyi mountains (1772), Kō Fuyō. Photo: © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
The Tea Party (1727), Richard Collins. Goldsmiths’ Company, London
Triumph of the Immaterial (2017), Phoebe Cummings. Photo: Sylvain Deleu
Tea plant (Camellia sinensis): flowering stem with sectioned leaf and many floral segments (c. 1791), John Miller. Wellcome Collection, London
The Umbrella Tea House (2011), Kazuhiro Yajima. Photo: © Nacasa Partners Inc