Le Bleu des Mers: Dialogues entre la Chine, la Perse et L’Europe

Crick, Monique;Crowe, Yolande; Frech, Alice

Catalogue from the exhibition held at Fondation Baur, Musée des Arts D'Extrême-Orient from the 23 November 2017 to 25 February 2018.

Responding to the interest in the relations between the Far East, Asia and Europe, this exhibition reconsiders the exportation of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain whose commerce was popularised during the 17th century by the Dutch East India Company. This century is known for having been the Golden Age of the Low Countries. Its successful maritime dealings with the Indies made the newly-fledged Republic of the United Provinces one of Europe's greatest commercial powers. And its openness to different modes of thought also attracted many writers, thinkers and scholars, creating a cultural centre in which the arts and literature flourished. The middle class of merchants made wealthy by trade with the Indies were primarily those who commissioned works of art and bought exotic curios. Naturally, this commerce with the East affected the life and art of the United Provinces, with Chinese porcelain in particular exerting a strong influence on interior decoration. These wares were also included as symbols of wealth in still-life paintings and Vanities, works that reflect the use of this precious tableware and its impact on daily life. When the supply of porcelain wares shrank drastically as a consequence of political strife in China at the end of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Chinese ceramics were temporarily replaced by Japanese and Persian copies. For centuries, Persia had imported porcelain from China, wares that had inspired its potters and painters of miniatures. The exhibition showed dialogues between still-life paintings that feature items of blue-and-white porcelain, highly prized by an expanding Europe ready to embrace the exotic, and the porcelain wares by which the paintings were inspired, as well as their copies in Persian faience, and miniatures from the Islamic world that include images of these ceramics.

Published by 5 Continents Editions, Milan, 2017 | Paperback

  • Language: French
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9788874397747
  • 21.5 x 27 cm
  • 216 pages, 153 colour illustrations
  • Book Condition: New
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