Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College
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Tuesday Tea / Chocolate & Luxury

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday Tea / Chocolate & Luxury

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Derived from cacao beans produced in Mesoamerica, chocolate reached wealthy European consumers through global trade routes. The social practice of drinking hot chocolate spurred a demand for specialized vessels and luxurious accessories to serve this fashionable treat. Marlise Brown, Assistant Curator of European and American Art, will discuss Jean-Baptiste Joseph Le Roux’s silver Chocolate Pot in relation to luxury, colonialism, and the social ritual of consuming chocolate in 18th-century Europe.

Access Statement:
This event will be held in a wheelchair- and rolling walker-accessible building. The lecture space is wheelchair accessible, with moveable seating, and near wheelchair-accessible restrooms. Restrooms are gender-specific; visitors are invited to use the restroom of their preference. No listening devices or ASL interpretation will be available at this event. Most talks will be recorded and available with closed captions on the museum’s Vimeo page after the event. Please email access questions to Jill Greenwood,

Jean-Baptiste Joseph Le Roux (French, active second half 18th century), Chocolate Pot, ca. 1755. Silver, wood handle. R. T. Miller Jr. Fund, 1956.67.


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