610 Chartres Street • New Orleans, LA 70130
504-528-9620 • lucullusantiques.com
If your exploration of the French Quarter should lead you down Chartres Street, don’t miss an opportunity to browse the exquisite tea things at Lucullus, a different kind of antiques store. The creation of sixth-generation Southerner Patrick Dunne, this charming shop specializes in culinary antiques, including vintage teawares that will make a tea lover swoon. Jane Austen would feel right at home here.
Lucullus’s treasures feed the imagination. You might discover an 18th-century Chinese teacup and saucer that could have arrived in England as ballast in an East India Company tea ship. Or you might find a 19th-century inlaid mahogany tea chest, perhaps used by a French Creole housewife to keep her valuable stock of tea leaves under lock and key. Gleaming silver tea services rub elbows with delicate porcelain teapots. It’s a simple step to imagine Creole ladies lingering over tea in a pleasant French courtyard, sipping from delicate Vieux Paris teacups. The romance and history of tea-drinking in the West come alive among these beautiful tea things. Lucullus is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.