In 2022, beers, glasses and bottles…
are being foamed up
Made for more than eight thousand years, described as liquid food, synonymous with celebration, the most consumed drink in the world after water and tea, beer is inextricably linked to the history of humanity. Cervoise among the Gauls, it officially became ‘beer’ in 1435, with an order from Charles VII.
The Middle Ages saw the emergence of breweries, both monastic and secular. In the 19th and 20th centuries, scientific (Pasteur) and technical advances led to the development of brewing. For some years now, the production and consumption of beer has been booming. The diversity, the variety of shapes and materials of the containers is worth an exhibition. And it can be enjoyed without moderation.
The nostalgia of convivial moments is adorned with the blues of the Drôme and the dinnerware of Saint-Uze.
Regional House of tableware and Longchamps’s faience factory: 1980–2020.
Visiting an exhibition is also travelling, especially if it invites you to travel the world!
Fruits, desserts and jams are even more delicious in attractive containers.
A tribute exhibition to the plant and animal world.
When Bottles, Pots and Jars Overshadow Their Contents
But also a retrospective exhibition of the work of Théodore Legras.
Rediscover how, since the end of the 18th century, tableware could be a medium, a means of transmitting news and legends, sometimes in a humorous way. The Gazette in the plate in short!
Milk has been part of our diet since ancient times. It is a natural source of well-being. Rich in nutrients, milk has a long history.
Table pieces, utility pieces, decorative pieces? Let’s leave it up to each of us to do what we want with them. But let’s not forget their history, linked to that of plants and the secrets they generate.
Around the works and collection of Christine Viennet, an artist from the South-West of France, internationally renowned for her Palissist creations, the story of Bernard Palissy, the famous 16th-century ceramist, is told.
Sauces, spices, condiments and tableware
A liquid or semiliquid culinary preparation, the sauce accompanies another preparation. Its preparation and cooking are independent of those of the dish it’s accompanying.
Blue in all its states: shades, styles of dishes, materials …
Blue in all its states: shades, styles of dishes, materials…
The Egg cup tells his story… refers to the definition: “Small cup, small support to serve an egg cooked in its shell”. This object dates back to 1520, although it seems that the Romans were already eating boiled eggs…
Dinners of our chilhood
Nowadays, nothing is more serious than the history of toys. This is evidenced by the books, magazines, and other auctions devoted to them. The collectors and the amateurs of old ‘toys’ are more and more numerous. Nostalgia of a past childhood?
Cutlery and French cutlery of the 19th century;
Sweets, cookies, delicacies
List of Exhibitions since 1981
Until 2002, the exhibitions were installed for two years. But since then, a new team has taken up the challenge of changing the theme each year. Here is the list.
1981: from cooking to gourmet food;
1982 : the hotel business in Burgundy;
1983 : bread, cheese, knife;
1984 : from jug to glass;
1985 : the written word and the table;
1986 – 1987 : egg story;
1988 – 1989 : sugar cubes;
1990 – 1991 : vive la vigne et le vin;
1992 – 1993 : beef bourguignon;
1994 – 1995 : coffee is served;
1996 – 1997 : full of spices;
1998 – 1998 : in the pig, all is good;
2000 – 2001 : brandy ;
2002 : the Arts of the table from the XVIIIth century to our days;
2003 : soups and tureens;
2004 : tea, coffee, chocolate;
2005 : the great tables on plate decoration;
2006 : sweets, cookies, delicacies;
2007 : cutlery and French cutlery of the 19th century;
2008 : dinners of our childhood ;
2009 : the eggcup tells its story;
2010 : blue in the art of the table;
2011 : sauces, spices, condiments and table arts;
2012 : barbotines, majolica, trompe-l’oeil… in the wake of Bernard de Palissy;
2013: teapots, herbal tea, pharmacy pots, secrets of plants;
2014 : the milkmaid and the milk pot… milk, its derivatives and the arts of the table;
2015: history, short stories, news in the plate talking plates, plates with history;
2016: bottles, jugs, jugs and jars are a hit;
2017: flora and fauna in tableware;
2018: sweet stories, fruit desserts and sweets ;
2019: table art also rhymes with travel;
2020: crossed destinies;
2021 : Saint-Uze, my grandmother’s tableware;
2022 : bocks, glasses, bottles… are being foamed up.
The permanent collections
Since 2020, the exhibition of the museum’s collections has been a complement to the annual themed exhibition.
Arnay-le-Duc and the Regional House of tableware
Saint Peter’s Hospice
A bit of history…. That of the Regional House.
Former hospice of Arnay-le-Duc, called ‘Domus Dei Arneti’ is reported from the thirteenth century. A judgement of the court of parliament, dated June 15, 1599, take note of the existence of this hospital then implanted along the Arroux right below the bridge Saint Jacques which crosses the river. This hospital comprised eight beds for the poor people and was originally served by two secular women, then by three religious sisters of the Beaune hospital. At 100 metres from its original location on the other riverside of the Arroux, it erected in 1693 to 1695 the present building of St. Peter’s Hospital, according to the plans and under the direction of Claude and François Boituzet, architects in Autun.
The first stone was laid by Emiland Bonnard, the king’s secretary and mayor of Arnay in 1681. The current buildings were built in 1693 for the price of 6000 pounds. Twelve patients’ beds were installed there and entrusted to four nuns from Sainte Marthe de Beaune. For three centuries, nuns assured the working of this institution. The rotunda of the chapel was added in 1873. In the choir are buried hospital chaplains and in the chapel, the superiors. In 1977 the last patients were transferred to the new hospital of Arnay-le-Duc, hence the idea of creating the Regional House of tableware in the former hospice. The entrance portal, the inner gates, facades and roofs of the pavilion guards, of the hospice building and of the dovecote were classified 8 December 1981.
Originality of this historic site: this house periodically hosts exceptional exhibitions.
Arnay-le-Duc is a charming medieval city in the heart of Burgundy between Paris and Lyon, with a rich historic past and a renowned gastronomy. The geographical location argues in favour of the Regional House. Arnay-le-Duc, is halfway the wine slop and Morvan. The nearest towns are Dijon at 55 km, Beaune at 35 km, and Autun at 27 km. There are 17 km to the A6 at Pouilly-en-Auxois.
This is a unique achievement in France, the first museum devoted entirely to our food, both everyday and for special occasions. The Maison Régionale des Arts de la Table offers to all, Burgundians and visiting friends, a discovery or a rediscovery of this art of the table that the permanent rush does not allow us to enjoy as it should. Since 1981, the Maison Régionale des Arts de la Table has been opening its doors for an exhibition lasting more than 7 months and organised around the essential elements of the art of living: food, gastronomy, gourmet food … and above all the art of the table.
It all started with the meeting of two men: Pierre Meunier and Henry Moisand. Henry Moisand was mayor of Longchamp after the death of his father Gaëtan (who died in 1945). He was elected five times from 1947 to 1977. At that time, he left Longchamp so as not to interfere with the new officials, either at the Mairie or at the Faïenceries, and lived in Fontaine-lès-Dijon until his death in 1982.
Age (one year apart), studies (law) and above all their respective commitment to the development of Burgundy are the elements that brought Pierre Meunier and Henry Moisand together.
Very early on, Henry Moisand sought to decompartmentalise the trades and, as early as January 1966, he created the French Tableware Committee. He thus brought together crystal makers, goldsmiths, porcelain makers, earthenware makers, etc., but also the food trades that he used to frequent, both at the gastronomic fair and at the Commanderie des Cordons Bleus, of which he was president, succeeding the founder Gaston Gérard, or at the Confrérie du Tastevin, whose development he followed under the leadership of his friend Jacques Chevignard.
He shared this very Burgundian mixture of joie de vivre and professionalism with his illustrious members of the Confrérie du Tastevin, M. Barbier, a senator, Gérard Curie, an accomplished artist who directed the fine arts in Beaune and Jacques Chevignard.
It is in the context of this very warm relationship that we must place his meeting with Pierre Meunier, in 1974, during a dinner at the ‘Terminus’ restaurant in Arnay-le-Duc with the Confrérie des Cordons Bleus.
Pierre Meunier wanted to save the magnificent building that now houses the Maison régionale des Arts de table and Henry Moisand gave him his support.
Why not Longchamp? Henry Moisand had fought for 30 years of his life to establish a vocational school in Longchamp and his efforts were finally crowned with success.
Of course, he thought that the earthenware factories would continue to develop and, one year before his retirement, he did not imagine launching a new project there.
For, to bring a project to fruition, you need a tenacious and capable leader and Pierre Meunier proved to be that man.
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