$8 – $15

Diplomacy and Dining: A look at Table Architecture and Cuisine in Empire Fr...

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

2 East 91st Street

New York, NY 10128

View Map

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 1 day before event

Event description

Description

This lecture will show how the Surtout de Table is part of culinary history that starts with sixteenth and seventeenth century banquets and the surtouts, often designed by architects, that served as display on tables of that period . The Napoleonic era extended this tradition with neo-classical design elements, new culinary masterpieces and superstar chefs all of which served to woo supporters and impress ambassadors and heads of state. Eugene de Beauharnais, Napoleon's stepson often served as host for these lavish diplomatic and social events on behalf of Napoleon, giving added meaning to this surtout which has a provenance to his furnishings.

Sarah Coffin recently retired as Curator and Head of the Product Design and Decorative Arts Department at Cooper Hewitt. She remains involved with the museum having curated the gallery of Tablescapes with the Surtout. In addition she is an authority on culinary design history and lectures widely in this field.


Tablescapes: Designs for Dining is made possible by Anonymous. Conservation of the surtout de table is made possible by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee. In-kind support is provided by Shapeways and The Abadi Group.

Find out about Cooper Hewitt’s accessibility services.

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum

2 East 91st Street

New York, NY 10128

View Map

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 1 day before event

Save This Event

Event Saved