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OUT OF THE ORDINARY - JORGE WELSH

Printing, pre-press, gráficas, artes gráficas

"Those who are familiar with our catalogues and exhibitions will know that we always try to dedicate them to a particular theme, usually a sub-group of the wider field of Chinese export porcelain, with the exception of the two exhibitions and catalogues, After the Barbarians I and II, that were dedicated to namban works of art. These have included topics such as European subjects, Linglong, Kraak Porcelain, Zhangzhou, Biscuit Wares and Ko-sometsuke, in other words the themes have mostly focused on a specific type of Chinese export porcelain production defined by its style, period and characteristics of manufacture, decoration, or market to which it was exported.

This exhibition and catalogue, although also focusing on a particular theme, is a departure from past ones in the sense that it is not so much about the porcelain itself, but the impact Chinese export porcelain had in 17th and 18th century society, and how it played a part in the sophisticated life of those who could afford it at the time.

Chinese export porcelain, particularly pieces produced from the 17th century onwards for the West, was made to be used by royalty, aristocracy and the wealthy, not only as decoration for their homes, but also in their daily life.

An array of forms was created for uses such as dining and drinking, hygiene and even as treasured personal objects that would be taken outside the home.

Nowadays, and rightly so, this porcelain is mostly collected as part of private and museum collections around the world. It is the product of much research, publications, exhibitions and one of the fields within the art market most internationally recognised, and for which there is more demand.”



artigos | by Dr. Radut