This exhibition was on display from September 06, 2017 to April 15, 2018.

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Master craftsmanship, luxurious materials, or sensuous forms often provide a veneer for objects that amplifies the pleasure of their use. Design disguises what we wish to remain private, tempts us with luxuries large and small, feeds sensuous appetites, and—should we envy someone else’s possessions—ease our discontent with clever imitations. Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth—the seven deadly sins—find irresistible outlet in these objects chosen from Cooper Hewitt’s collection.

  • Object ID #18189327
  • brush and oil paint on canvas.
  • Gift of Charles Savage Homer, Jr..
  • 1917-14-7
  • Object ID #18329787
  • black chalk, pen and black ink, brush and watercolor on paper.
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1931-73-6
  • Wine Glass
  • cut, engraved, and gilded glass.
  • Museum purchase through gift of James Loeb.
  • 1951-147-1-a,b
  • Object ID #18431709
  • turned and joined walnut, leather, brass, tin.
  • Gift of Mrs. Paul Moore.
  • 1960-164-16-a/c
  • Wine Glass (USA)
  • mouth-blown favrile glass.
  • Bequest of Joseph L. Morris.
  • 1966-55-6-a
  • Object ID #18489237
  • painted and glazed earthenware.
  • Gift of the C. Helme and Alice B. Strater Collection.
  • 1976-1-149
  • Matchsafe
  • cast metal and painted celluloid.
  • Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener.
  • 1978-146-220
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 2 images of this object.
  • Cake Tong (France)
  • silver.
  • Museum purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program,....
  • 1996-56-39-a,b
  • Server (France), ca. 1890
  • silver.
  • Museum purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program,....
  • 1996-56-49
  • Ice Cream Server (France)
  • silver, mother-of-pearl, gilding.
  • Museum purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program,....
  • 1996-56-80
  • Object ID #18667075
  • cast silver, diamonds, rubies, sapphires.
  • Gift of Victoria Unschuld.
  • 1997-158-1
  • Print, The Woman Taking Coffee
  • engraving, etching in blue, black and red ink over gold leaf, with additional....
  • Museum purchase through gift of George A. Hearn.
  • 2006-3-1
  • No. 2 Wine Decanter With Stopper
  • mouth-blown crystal, faceted and relief-prismatic-cut and polished.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Dale and Doug Anderson, Anonymous Donor,....
  • 2009-18-3-a,b
  • Brisé Fan
  • painted and gilded ivory sticks, tortoiseshell thumb guard, silk connecting....
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor.
  • 1952-161-198
  • This object is part of the Textiles collection.
  • There are 4 images of this object.
  • Object ID #18312433
  • porcelain, vitreous enamel, gold.
  • Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane.
  • 1926-22-468-a/c
  • Object ID #35460587
  • carved, cut, and painted wood and wrought iron, sheet glass.
  • Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw.
  • 2014-39-6
  • Object ID #18188777
  • rattan, bamboo, lacquered wood (base); fiber, paper, silk, feathers....
  • Gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
  • 1916-40-3-a,b