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‘China of the Most Fashionable Sort’: Chinese Export Porcelain in Colonial America

September 22, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Chinese Export Porcelain

Speaker: Suzanne Hood, Curator of Ceramics and Glass, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

From its first introduction into Western homes, Chinese porcelain held mystique and value. Treasured for translucency and beautiful decoration, porcelain crossed the Atlantic with the first settlers at Jamestown who brought with them wine cups and other pieces of Chinese porcelain as symbols of the society they had left behind. 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 brings complexity and nuance to the curatorial 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.

$10 admission. Free to Members. Purchase your tickets in advance through the Wilton website. For questions please contact Wilton House Museum at (804)282-5936 or wiltonprograms@comcast.net.

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September 22, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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