Lecture: “All this China of the most fashionable kind”: Chinese Export Porcelain for the American Market

Event

Lecture: “All this China of the most fashionable kind”: Chinese Export Porcelain for the American Market
Sunday, October 6, 2019
3:00 pm
Old York Museum Center, 3 Lindsay Road, York, ME 03909
$18 / $15 members

Old York presents the second talk in the 2019 Dessert and Lecture Series, which takes a deep dive into Old York’s collections—exploring the history and context of a variety of objects, from furniture and porcelain to shoes and jewelry.

Have you ever thought about how the china you use at home is related to China? The birthplace of porcelain over 1,300 years ago, China is famous for ceramics, and Chinese porcelain is treasured for its delicacy, translucency and strength. It shines. It rings when tapped. And you can almost see through the finest pieces. Like tea, another wildly popular import from Asia, porcelain captured the imagination of colonists in New England as early as the 1600s. Join Karina Corrigan for a discussion of this precious commodity, with particular emphasis on works with early histories of ownership in New England—and York in particular.

Karina H. Corrigan is the H. A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

The lecture is followed immediately by coffee, tea, and dessert in Jefferds Tavern.

Dessert generously provided by Central Bean and Bakery, York.