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Tiny tea sets have been a part of child's play for the last three centuries, encouraging children to imitate the adult rituals, manners, and decorum of tea drinking. Along the way, children learn gender roles, poise, and social graces. The young hostess learns the importance of sharing her tea service, beverages, and sweets with guests. The fantasy play of the tea party helps children imagine their futures as adults.

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  • Title: Tea service
  • Date Created: ca. 1860
  • Location: France
  • Type: Play Sets
  • Medium: porcelain, hand-painted
  • Object ID: 77.3066

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