Rough Roads and High Seas: The Journey of Chinese Porcelain to the West in the 17 and 18th Centuries

Sunday, September 14, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.



Price: Free with Museum admission. Reception to follow.
Free with Museum admission. Reception to follow.

Tengwang Ge Jar

China, Qing dynasty,Kangxi period (1661-1722)

Porcelain with cobalt blue underglaze; 28 in. high (71 cm high)

Gift of Lenora and Walter F. Brown, 92.25.49

Masterpieces of Chinese porcelain have been made in Jingdezhen in southeastern China for over 1,000 years. Potters and porcelain painters created ceramics for both the domestic market and a thriving foreign market, with particularly strong demand in Europe and the Middle East. This lecture explores the arduous journey of fragile porcelains over rivers, lakes, mountains, deserts, and oceans from Jingdezhen to points West. Illustrated with images from the Lenora and Walter F. Brown Collection of Chinese Ceramics, the talk also explores global trade trends in fine ceramics during the 17th  and 18th centuries.

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