Gilded Mounts

Plain or Fancy, Restraint & Exuberance – What Do You Prefer?

Plain or Fancy, Restraint & Exuberance – What Do You Prefer?

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Plain or Fancy a show on view until August 2013 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art invites visitors to consider their preferences associated with these two words

Classic: ‘true’ Porcelain

Classic: ‘true’ Porcelain

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When the west first accessed wares of true Chinese porcelain they seemed magically translucent, resonant when struck, impervious to liquids, aesthetically pleasing with great beauty of form. One of the earliest records of ‘true’ porcelain in the west is pieces listed in Queen Elizabeth 1’s 1574 inventories (pursseline’ or purselyn…