Drink Up! Drinking Vessels from the Stone Age to Art Nouveau
In 2018, the European Cultural Heritage Year (ECHY) is taking place under the motto "Sharing Heritage". The Landesmuseum Mainz is supporting the thematic focus "Europe. Living Heritage" with its cabinet exhibition "Drink Up! Drinking Vessels from the Stone Age to Art Nouveau". The exhibition gives an overview of the developments of forms and materials as well as other changes in tableware. It was not until the Rococo era, for example, that the hitherto customary drinking vessels were improved by something quite new: the cup with a handle and a saucer for the exotic drinks of tea, coffee and chocolate that were being imported from overseas. There was also a new material - porcelain, which had long been used in East Asia, was now also being produced in Europe.