Mid 18th Century Chamber, 1750-1775

The furnishings in this room are indicative of the new construction techniques, materials, and shapes of the mid-eighteenth century. New storage forms, such as the high chest, dressing table, and desk provided much-needed compartmentalized storage for textiles and clothing, and business and personal papers. The popularity of tea-drinking as social ritual gave rise to such specialized forms as the tea table and the ceramics, silver, and variety of other accessories needed to prepare and serve tea.