Rituals & Ceremonies

Anacreontick's in full song, by James Gillray, 1801. National Portrait Gallery: NPG D12773. Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons.


This entry describes conviviality as it was practised in the eighteenth century with distinctions between sociability and conviviality. It also describes the use of the term, and the specific rituals associated with convivial culture.
The Tea-Table


ELLIS Markman
The tea-table is an object, an event, and an idea, the context of which is the emergence of tea drinking in Britain in the late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries. As an item of furniture, the tea-table is a small table, imported from Asia or of domestic manufacture, whose purpose was to facilitate tea drinking.

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