Symposium Porseleinkoorts

14 juni 2024
Symposium Porseleinkoorts

Symposium Porseleinkoorts

14 juni door Keramiekmuseum Princessehof

Op vrijdag 14 juni organiseert het nationale Keramiekmuseum Princessehof een symposium waar wordt ingegaan op de thema’s rond de tentoonstelling Porseleinkoorts. Dit symposium vindt geheel in het Engels plaats.

Het symposium behandelt het oorsprongsverhaal van het Europese porselein en de vroege porseleinproducties in Meissen en Vincennes/Sèvres. Ook komt de in Europa zo bewonderde Chinese Keizer Qianlong aan bod. Hoe keek hij naar de Europese porseleinproductie? En waarom ontstond er na de Franse revolutie een ware Sèvres-manie in Engeland (die ook ditmaal aan Nederland voorbij ging)? Tot slot kijken we ook naar de nieuwe onderzoeksmogelijkheden dankzij het recent afgesloten digitaliseringsproject van de Aziatische keramiekcollectie van Augustus de Sterke in Dresden.

Aanmelden kan via de ticketpagina van het museum, selecteer 14 juni.


Walk-in with coffee and tea

10.30 - 10.45
Welcome speech Kris Callens, director and board member Fries Museum and Ceramics Museum Princessehof.

10.45 - 12.15
Denise Campbell, Curator of Asian ceramics, National Ceramics Museum Princessehof.
Laura Smeets, Curator of European ceramics, National Ceramics Museum Princessehof.
Introduction Porcelain Fever.

Sebastian Bank, Curator European Porcelain at the Porzellansammlung (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden).
Fantastic Hausmaler and where to find them - 18th century Meissen porcelain decorated outside the factory
As early as the late 17th century, so-called Hausmaler began to decorate unpainted glass and faience. With the founding of the first European porcelain manufactory in Meissen, the decorations by the Dresden goldsmith Georg Funcke were among the earliest coloured ones on porcelain. Further centres were established in Augsburg, Breslau and Bohemia. However, with the arrival of the porcelain painter Johann Gregorius Höroldt in Meissen in 1721, they were quickly labelled as bunglers and corner painters, whose colourful activities had to be stopped by banning the sale of white porcelain. Today, it is precisely these decorations that stand out as particularly imaginative, whereby certain characteristic handwritings of the artists can be recognised. In his lecture, Sebastian Bank talks about the most important Hausmaler and their pieces in the Dresden Porcelain Collection and elsewhere.

Viviane Mesqui, curator of 18th century porcelain at Musee Nationaux Sèvres.
Figurative sculpture at the Vincennes-Sèvres factory in the 18th century : production and uses
Since its beginnings, the Vincennes-Sèvres factory has produced three-dimensional sculptures, which models were supplied by major artists such as François Boucher or Etienne Maurice Falconet. These groups, with their varied themes, reflect the stylistic developments of the 18th century, as well as the technical researches carried out at the manufactory. They were also used for a variety of purposes, from table decoration to luxury interiors.

12.15 - 13.15

13.15 - 14.15
Students speaking

Ziyuan Li: Transformation from Chinese Export Porcelain Figures to European Chinoiserie Ceramic Figures: An Example of Buddhist Deity Figures.
Zixuan Li, PhD Candidate at the Department of Cultural Heritage and Museology of Fudan University, Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) of Leiden University.

Ruowei Dai: Dissemination of Images of Chinese Porcelain Production in France during the 18th and 19th Centuries. 
Ruowei Dai is a visiting Ph.D at Institute for Area Studies in Leiden University, and a current Ph.D candidate in Fudan University. She holds a MA in Archeology from the Department of Cultural Heritage and Museology in Fudan. Her research interests include the history of Chinese porcelain, East Asian material culture within global history, circulation of objects and images through transcultural communications. Her MA thesis is a study of the porcelain motif “Lady with Parasol” by Cornelis Pronk, and her Ph.D thesis mainly focuses on the Chinese export paintings of porcelain manufacture in the 18th and 19th centuries. 

Ziyuan Yang: Rethinking Motifs: The Evolution of “The Window shape” Decorative Motifs Design on Delft Blue
Ziyuan Yang is a PhD student at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Her research focuses on Delftware motif design, specifically, how Delft ceramic artisans drew inspiration from Chinese ceramic patterns.

Ziyuan Li
Ziyuan Li
Ruowei Dai
Ruowei Dai
Ziyuan Yang
Ziyuan Yang

Dr Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, art historian and curator and Director of Global Premodern Art and Lecturer in French and British History of Art, c.1650-1900 at the University of Edinburgh.
‘Sèvres-Mania’: Is Sèvres ‘El Dorado’?
Towards the end of the nineteenth century in England, the mania for the collecting of ‘old’ French Sèvres porcelain appeared to have reached its zenith. From record-breaking auction prices, to ‘duels between collectors’, and even highly publicised court cases. In 1874, the London Daily Telegraph observed wisely that ‘prices rule high in the old china market. Sèvres is El Dorado’. This talk establishes the distinctly competitive market for ‘old’ Sèvres in the frenzied space of the auction house during this time. It will then consider a lawsuit over the authenticity of two Sèvres vases which hit the press in February 1882. This three-day cause-célèbre court case between the tradesman and collector William Goode, and the Wertheimer family of art dealers involved some of the most notable collectors, dealers, artists, and scholars in London, all of whom were called upon to examine the objects in question. In the end, they failed to reach a satisfactory agreement, calling into question the reliability of ceramics connoisseurship and damaging the supremacy of the highly profitable market for ‘old’ Sèvres.

Dr Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth
Dr Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth
Ship Vase or Vaisseau à mât
Ship Vase or Vaisseau à mât

14.15 - 14.45
Break with coffee and tea

14.45 - 16.00

Due to unforseen circumstances Dr. Mei Mei Rado will not be able to attend the symposium. Our apologies

Dr. Mei mei Rado, Assistant Professor Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture at Bard Graduate Center.
Porcelain and the Western Fever at the Eighteenth-Century Qing Court
During the eighteenth century, vibrant globe trade and cultural exchanges gave rise to mutual fascinations between European and China. At the same time when Chinese objects and chinoserie style enjoyed great popularity at the European courts, the emperors of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) amassed a large number of European objects, and the architectural projects and artworks assimilating European styles, motifs, or techniques flourished at the Qing court. This eclectic style and aesthetic were referred to as xiyang (“Western Ocean”) in Qing court documents, and it became a trademark of Qing imperial arts. This talk focuses on the role of porcelain in this “Western fever” at the Qing court. First, I will survey the Meissen and Sèvres wares in the Qing imperial collections and their contexts of collecting. Second, I will discuss the new category of porcelain made by the Qing imperial workshops in Jingdezhen and Beijing, which employed the European-inspired technique of painted enamel and featured ornamental vocabularies, floral motifs, and figural designs drawn from Western sources. These works were not simply artifacts that reflected a taste for the exotic. They embody the complexity of the early modern global network, in which objects, knowledge, designs, and technology flowed in multiple directions.

Cora Würmell, Curator of Chinese and Japanese ceramics at the Porzellansammlung (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden).
The Royal Dresden Porcelain Collection – Exploring the East Asian holdings and its Provenance in the Digital Realm
The Royal Dresden Porcelain Collection digital platform presents the results of nearly ten years of work on the East Asian ceramic collection of Augustus the Strong (1670-1733) and his son Augustus III (1696–1763). For the very first time the Porzellansammlung’s entire historical holdings are freely accessible. The entire collection is showcased with over 36.000 new images in conjunction with its 18th century provenance, the Historical Palace Inventories.
This lecture will give insights into the international project and explores the research possibilities of this pioneering digital platform which provides a completely new way to look at and work with the historical ceramic collection.
Access The Royal Dresden Porcelain Collection.

Questions and discussion.

From 16.00
Drinks at Princessehof and viewing of Porcelain Fever.

The language of communication during the symposium will be entirely or predominantly English.

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