conversation-piece

conversation piece

noun
1.
any object that arouses comment because of some striking or unusual quality.
2.
group portraiture representing more or less fashionable people either in an interior or landscape setting.
3.
a play that relies for its effect mainly on the cleverness of its dialogue rather than on plot or action.

Origin:
1775–85

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conversation piece
 
n
1.  something, esp an unusual object, that provokes conversation
2.  (esp in 18th-century Britain) a group portrait in a landscape or domestic setting
3.  a play emphasizing dialogue

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