Porcelain

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Visitors to Versailles 1682-1789, Journeys France – New York

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The exhibition, Visitors to Versailles 1682–1789, moves to The Met Fifth Avenue New York, a journey creator Louis XIV wouldn’t have contemplated in his lifetime

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The Language of Ornament – National Gallery of Victoria 2017

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The Language of Ornament a FREE entry exhibition at NGV International from February 25 2017 will challenge the mind, engage the spirit and connect with the soul

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The David Roche Foundation Museum Complex Adelaide, Now Open

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The David Roche Foundation House Museum & Gallery glittered gloriously with refracted light for its official opening in North Adelaide by former PM Paul Keating

David Roche House Museum and Gallery, Adelaide  – Transition

David Roche House Museum and Gallery, Adelaide – Transition

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A TRANSITION Exhibition at the David Roche Foundation House Museum allows visitors access to his great collection and to view the building of a larger gallery

British Museum – Ming: 50 Years Changing China and the World

British Museum – Ming: 50 Years Changing China and the World

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Ming: 50 Years that Changed China is an important exhibition at the British Museum starting 18th September, 2014, with scholars exploring the period 1400 – 1450

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

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

Chinese Ceramics, Pt 1 – Knowledge Comes from Seeing Much

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

Meissen Porcelain – Passionate Pursuit of Power and Prestige

Meissen Porcelain – Passionate Pursuit of Power and Prestige

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Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony’s claim to fame rests on his being the founder of the first European factory at Meissen to produce porcelain in the west

Chinese Ming Porcelains

Chinese Ming Porcelains

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Chinese history seems a little obscure to people in the west, however its art and trade wares have attracted a great fascination, particularly since Roman times. Arabian writers speak of fleets of large Chinese junks in the Persian Gulf as early as the ninth century. Her reputation for being inscrutable…

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The Mistress & The Consort – Paying the Wages of Beauty

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Louis XVI’s Queen Marie Antoinette and Louis XV’s consort Madame du Barry lived at a time of society scandal and political turmoil, paying the wages of beauty

Ming Magic

Ming Magic

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A description of the manufacture of porcelain in 1713 by French Jesuit priest Father D’Entrecolles, a resident in Peking, relates 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 is first painted on, it…

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…

Classic: Cargoes from Cathay

Classic: Cargoes from Cathay

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For centuries the Chinese traded with Asian islands and the trade spread to the Near East. Today the greatest collections of pre 1620 Chinese porcelains are in Eastern collections, particularly at Istanbul. During the Ming period 1368 – 1644 an entrepreneurial business class grew up in China and by the…