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“Boar Heads on the Table: 18th Century Porcelain Animal Tureens”
For a brief period in ceramic history, from about 1748 to the 1780s, animal-form tureens were produced in Europe and in China. They ranged from small sauce tureens of setting birds, to large, fully modeled geese to heads of boars and oxen. At first glance, these undeniably beautiful and exquisitely sculpted porcelains might seem a little unusual, maybe even bizarre. They are that, but we now view them as individual works of art. Each also illustrates a complicated story of cross cultural trade and eighteenth century dining habits in Europe: they reflect economic, social, cultural and religious forces that brought these tureens into existence, saw them fade from use, and then rise to status of art objects today.
William R. Sargent is an independent curator; former H. A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art at the Peabody Essex Museum (1978-2009); Senior Consultant in Chinese Art, Bonhams (US); Consulting Curator, Asian Civilization’s Museum, Singapore; and Museum Expert Adviser (Historical Pictures,) Leisure and Cultural Services Department, HK. He has given over 300 lectures around the world, consulted with 28 museums in Asia, Europe and America, and contributed over 46 chapters or articles for various publications, including Chinese Ceramics: Neolithic to Qing (Yale University Press, 2014). His publications include Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics at the Peabody Essex Museum (2012, winner of The American Ceramic Circle Book of the Year Award 2013), Chinese Porcelain in The Conde Collection (2016), The Copeland Collection: Chinese and Japanese Ceramic Figures (1991), and Views of the Pearl River Delta: Macao, Canton and Hong Kong (1996). Please join us in welcoming Bill back to Alexandria!
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