Exhibition in progress
Tea Set: L'arte del Tè - Galleria Papier
Tea Set: The art of tea
Porcelain services from 1890 to 1980
10 JUNE - 4 JULY

The Papier Art Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition

Tea Set: The art of Tea - Porcelain services from 1890 to 1980.


Since man discovered that the infusion of small tea leaves made it possible to produce a fragrant and beneficial drink, he has never stopped using them. Tea, one of the oldest known beverages, goes far beyond this simple definition. In the past, its leaves were used as a currency and as a means of payment for the imperial tributes of ancient China, always playing an essential and important role in commercial exchanges.

Although tea culture in Europe and Western countries has been strongly influenced by England, tea arrives for the first time in the old continent with a Dutch ship. It was in fact in 1610 that the green and fragrant tea leaves arrived in Europe for the first time, without however enjoying success. It was only around 1650 that tea arrived in England - at the time a strong consumer of coffee - and that it slowly became, thanks also to its diffusion among the noble classes, the national drink. England is the country that more than any other has influenced the tea culture of all other European countries. In fact, the habit of adding milk to tea and five o'clock tea, a custom that originates from the English noble classes, come from the English culture, still considered today as a fundamental rule for those who appreciate to consume tea in English fashion. .

Consumption in England is almost exclusively about black tea, a habit that will affect the spread of tea in all other European countries, as well as the way the drink is prepared. Although in England there is no formal tea ceremony - as happens instead in Eastern countries - the "rite" of tea provides rules for both the preparation of tea and the foods to be served with the drink and certain behavioral ways.

Tea is the oldest beverage in the world - obviously after water - and its importance has been such that it has contributed to the formation of rituals, ceremonies and cultures in almost every country where it has been introduced. Despite the social and cultural differences, in every country of the world, tea always represents an opportunity for peace and tranquility for oneself and for others, a way to rediscover oneself and to escape from the frenzy of modern times, which man stubbornly continues to impose himself. This too is the magic of small and fragrant tea leaves.

In this exhibition there will be more than thirty tea sets in English and Chinese porcelain that will cover about a century of history. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a group exhibition focused on the theme of nature: a transversal exploration of the splendid natural and floral world that surrounds us and of the element that gives life to everything, water.


Artists on show: Federica Peco, Antonio Ballero, Catello D'Amato, Vincenzo Gemito, Claudia Nardi, Marisa Tafi, Luca Dall'Olio, Oliviero Masi, Marisa Fogliarini, Yvonne Gandini.

Some of the Tea sets and Artworks on display