Chinese Ceramics

China: Through the LookIng Glass – A Cultural Conversation

China: Through the LookIng Glass – A Cultural Conversation

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China Through the Looking Glass is a cultural conversation taking place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York in collaboration with The Costume Institute

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The Culture Concept – Art Design & Style, Free Video Series

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The Culture Concept Circle videos survey the progress of architecture, gardens, interiors, paintings, sculpture & objet d’art FREE – Antiquity to Renaissance

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Chinese Ceramics, Pt 2 – Am Glad I Was Not Born Before Tea!

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With an assorted assemblage of porcelain wares being used for the tea ceremony in England imports of tea alone multiplied some forty times between 1723 and 1830

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Chinese Ceramics, Pt 1 – Knowledge Comes from Seeing Much

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Chinese ceramics became known to the wider world from the Tang Dynasty (618- 907) onward; the word ‘China’ eventually becoming the generic name for porcelain

Ming Magic

Ming Magic

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The description of the manufacture of porcelain written in 1713, by French Jesuit priest Father D’Entrecolles, resident in Peking, describes the seeming magic connected with the firing of blue and white porcelain. ‘A beautiful blue colour appears on the porcelain after having been lost for some time. When the colour…

Nanking Wares

Nanking Wares

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Emperor Kangxi (1662-1722) of China was a patron of classical studies, a poet and calligrapher. In 1682 he ordered the reconstruction of the ceramic kilns at Jingdezhen, which had been partly destroyed during the early years of the dynasty. This was when Charles II (1630 – 1685) was on the…

At the Beginnings of Art – Precious Cargoes from Cathay

At the Beginnings of Art – Precious Cargoes from Cathay

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Italian adventurer, Marco Polo, perpetuated the western predilection for exotic goods in the European mind from early in the thirteenth century. He related fascinating stories about visiting a far off luxurious land called Cathay.