The Virtue in Vice

6 September 2017–15 April 2018

Exhibition Overview

Healey Gold Chocolate Pot And Lid

Master craftsmanship, luxurious materials, and sensuous forms are highlighted in an exhibition of objects designed to amplify the pleasure of their use. Design disguises what we wish to remain private, tempts us with luxuries large and small, feeds sensuous appetites, and—should we envy someone else’s possessions—eases our discontent with clever imitations. Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth—the seven deadly sins—find irresistible outlet in these objects chosen from Cooper Hewitt’s collection.

(Photo: Healey Gold Chocolate Pot And Lid, c. 1893, Manufactured by Chryso-Ceramics, molded and gilt porcelain, 24.7 × 12.5 × 10.5 cm,

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