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ViewPoint: China of the Most Fashionable Sort

When:
May 2nd
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Time:
10:30am
Past Event
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Where:
Historic Asolo Theater

 

Chinese Export Porcelain in Colonial America

From its introduction into Western homes, Chinese porcelain held mystique and value. Treasured for translucency and beautiful decoration, Chinese porcelain crossed the Atlantic with the first settlers at Jamestown, who brought it with them. These valuable commodities were signs of the wealth and status of those who owned them. Chinese porcelain continued to represent these qualities into the 18th century, even as it became more widely available to colonists. In fact, Chinese porcelain constitutes one of the largest groups of artifacts recovered from archaeological sites. This lecture will highlight how archaeological evidence enhances the understanding of the Chinese porcelain that was present in the Colonial South and how a decorative arts perspective can broaden the stories archaeology can tell.

This ViewPoint lecture will be presented by Suzanne Findlen Hood, Curator of Ceramics and Glass, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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