Origin of conversation piece
Examples from the Web for conversation piece
Aper calls it little more than 400 years; but in a conversation-piece strict accuracy is not to be expected.A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence|Cornelius Tacitus
British Dictionary definitions for conversation piece
Idioms and Phrases with conversation piece
An unusual object that arouses comment or interest, as in That bust of Aunt Nettie is ugly but it's an excellent conversation piece. In the early 1700s this same term was used for a particular kind of painting that represented a group, often a family, arranged as though they were conversing with one another. Later in the century the term was extended to any object that stimulates conversation.