The Alexandria Association is the city’s oldest organization devoted to the preservation of Alexandria’s historic buildings, landscapes, records, and antiquities; and to education in the decorative, fine, and building arts.

Established 1932

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William R. Sargent

“a world of vivid brilliancy”: 
Understanding Chinese Export Ceramics through Visual Records”

Monday, November 15, 2021
The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street
at 7 P.M.!!!!! 
NOTE new start time!!!

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Attitudes towards Chinese ceramics can be discerned through their representation in art from their first appearances in Europe, to modern times. Paintings and prints are a rich resource of information, often helping to identify the market and use of certain forms, and lending credence to dating. They are also a record of lost tastes in collecting and display that can not be recreated by paper records such as shipping documents, estate inventories, auction records or even journals and diaries. This presentation is a look at visual records through which we can track the impact of export porcelain on Western culture, one that reflects changes of taste, interior design, display and collecting habits.

William R. Sargent is an independent scholar and curator, a guest curator at the Asian Civilizations Museum, Singapore, and an International Specialist for Bonham’s US. He was the former H. A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art at the Peabody Essex Museum and had been with that collection, considered the largest and most comprehensive of its type in the world, for over thirty-one years. He has presented over 260 lectures on Asian export art throughout the United States, in Australia, Canada, England, Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Macao, Hong Kong and China. Please join us in welcoming Bill back to Alexandria!