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Savor: A Revolution in Food Culture
February 29–May 25, 2020

Food and dining were transformed in eighteenth-century Europe by profound changes that resonate to this day. What many of us eat, the way food is cooked, and how we dine continue to be influenced by radical changes that took place in France between 1650 and 1789, the start of the French Revolution. Savor explores the details and events behind this transformation. Rare objects, from early cookbooks and gardening manuals to tureens in the forms of cauliflowers and chickens, reveal fascinating histories and stories about advances in horticulture, surprisingly modern philosophies on healthy eating, and a shift to more informal dining.

Savor: A Revolution in Food Culture is organized by the Gardiner Museum, Toronto, and curated by Meredith Chilton, Curator Emerita at the Gardiner Museum. This presentation of the exhibition is a collaboration between the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Gardiner Museum.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated cookbook, The King’s Peas: Delectable Recipes and Their Stories from the Age of Enlightenment.


Major support provided by Beatrice Koopman, Dorothy Brooks Koopman, and Rena Koopman through the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving with additional support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the David T. Langrock Foundation, Bank of America, Mr. Gerald Lupacchino and Mr. Lynn C. Beaulieu, Agnes and Bill Peelle, and the Design and Decorative Arts Council.

Sustaining support for the Wadsworth Atheneum provided by Newman’s Own Foundation and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.


Images: Boy and Girl Shelling Peas, England, 1759–70. Soft-paste porcelain, colored enamels. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Gift of Richard C. Paine; Carp Tureen and stand, England, Chelsea, c. 1755. Soft-paste porcelain, enamels. Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON. Courtesy of Michele Beiny; Hen and chicks tureen, France, Sceaux, c. 1755. Faience (tin-glazed earthenware). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1954.