The Wanderings of a Chinese Lady
Plates, Parasols & Global Design in the Eighteenth Century
Public Lecture by Christiaan Jörg, Professor Emeritus at the University of Leiden (NL)
1:15pm, Friday 4 March 2011
Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum
Tickets £5 (£3 for BM members and concessions)
In the 1730s, the Dutch East India Company tried to compete with private individuals in ordering chine de commande. Cornelis Pronk, a well-known artist, was appointed to make sets of drawings for the decoration of Chinese porcelain dinner and tea sets. His first design, the so-called Parasol Lady, was such a success that unauthorised imitations and new varieties followed immediately. The design was popular for many decades in both the East and West and can be regarded as a great example of the early globalisation of a design on porcelain.
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