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Exhibit Opening: World in Porcelain
September 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The World in Porcelain exhibit is making its United States debut on Saturday, September 15. The museum will first celebrate with a 3pm reception at the Chuang Archive and Learning Center. Attendees will then walk over to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension at 328 J Street to be the first to view the exclusive porcelain pieces spanning three centuries of trade history.
This collection highlights the fascination Europeans had with technically sophisticated “Fine China”, beginning in the mid-1500s during the Ming Dynasty until the early 1800s and the Qing Dynasty. Porcelain, from an Italian word, was a ceramic high-fire ware developed in China about 2,000 years ago. According to Christie’s Auction House, “‘Made in China’ was once the ultimate mark of sophistication for Western porcelain enthusiasts. Chinese export porcelain was crafted with the same technical virtuosity as Chinese Imperial porcelain but designed to Western taste.” Designs were of both Chinese and Western motifs. Learn about the manufacturing process of porcelain that was held in secret by Chinese artisans. The exhibition will run from September 15, 2018 to January 19, 2019.