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European Porcelain in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

European Porcelain in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Munger, Jeffrey, with an essay by Elizabeth Sullivan
2018
312 pages
321 illustrations
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Porcelain imported from China was the most highly coveted new medium in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-­century Europe. Its pure white color, translucency, and durability, as well as the delicacy of decoration, were impossible to achieve in European earthenware and stoneware. In response, European ceramic factories set out to discover the process of producing porcelain in the Chinese manner, with significant artistic, technical, and commercial ramifications for Britain and the Continent. Indeed, not only artisans, but kings, noble patrons, and entrepreneurs all joined in the quest, hoping to gain both prestige and profit from the enterprises they established.

This beautifully illustrated volume showcases ninety works that span the late sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth century and reflect the major currents of European porcelain production. Each work is illustrated with glorious new photography, accompanied by analysis and interpretation by one of the leading experts in European decorative arts. Among the wide range of porcelains selected are rare blue-and-white wares and figures from Italy, superb examples from the Meissen factory in Germany and the Sèvres factory in France, and ceramics produced by leading British eighteenth-century artisans. Taken together, they reveal why the Metropolitan Museum’s holdings in this field are among the finest in the world.

Coffeepot, Hard-paste porcelain decorated in underglaze blue, Chinese, probably for Dutch market
Chinese, probably for Dutch market
ca. 1710
Two-handled bowl from Burghley House, Lincolnshire, Hard-paste porcelain, gilded silver, British, London mounts and Chinese porcelain
British, London mounts and Chinese porcelain
Chinese porcelain 1573– ca. 1585, British mounts ca. 1585
Dish, Medici Porcelain Manufactory  Italian, Soft-paste porcelain decorated in underglaze blue, Italian, Florence
ca. 1575–87
Glass cooler (seau à verre), Saint-Cloud factory  French, Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels, gold, French, Saint-Cloud
ca. 1725–30
Elephant-head vase (vase à tête d'éléphant), Sèvres Manufactory  French, Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels, gold, French, Sèvres
ca. 1757
Vase (one of a pair), Meissen Manufactory  German, Hard-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels, gold, German, Meissen
ca. 1735
Liqueur bottle cooler (seau ovale à liqueur) (one of a pair) (part of a service), Sèvres Manufactory  French, Soft-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels, gold, French, Sèvres
1771
Beaker, Vienna, Hard-paste porcelain decorated in polychrome enamels, gold, Austrian, Vienna
ca. 1725–28
Teapot (théière calabre) (part of a service), Sèvres Manufactory  French, Soft-paste porcelain 
decorated in polychrome enamels, gold, French, Sèvres
1767
Sugar bowl (pot à sucre Hebert) (part of a service), Sèvres Manufactory  French, Soft-paste porcelain 
decorated in polychrome enamels, gold, French, Sèvres
1767
Milk jug (pot à lait à trois pieds) (part of a service), Sèvres Manufactory  French, Soft-paste porcelain 
decorated in polychrome enamels, gold, French, Sèvres
1767
Cup and saucer (goblet Hebert et soucoupe) (part of a service), Sèvres Manufactory  French, Soft-paste porcelain 
decorated in polychrome enamels, gold, French, Sèvres
1767
Cup and saucer (goblet Hebert et soucoupe) (part of a service), Sèvres Manufactory  French, Soft-paste porcelain 
decorated in polychrome enamels, gold, French, Sèvres
1767
Tray (plateau Duplessis) (part of a service), Sèvres Manufactory  French, Soft-paste porcelain 
decorated in polychrome enamels, gold, French, Sèvres
1767
Teapot, Worcester factory  British, Soft-paste porcelain decorated in 
polychrome enamels, British, Worcester
ca. 1753
Vase with cover (vase urne antique), Sèvres Manufactory  French, Soft-paste porcelain, French, Sèvres
Multiple artists/makers
ca. 1755–57
Buddhist Ascetic, Chantilly  French, Tin-glazed soft-paste porcelain, French, Chantilly
ca. 1735
Manticore, Vienna, Hard-paste porcelain, Austrian, Vienna
ca. 1735
Square vase, Ernest Chaplet  French, Hard-paste porcelain, French, Choisy-le-Roi
ca. 1889
Ewer (Brocca), Medici Porcelain Manufactory  Italian, Soft-paste porcelain decorated in underglaze blue, Italian, Florence
ca. 1575–87
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Munger, Jeffrey. 2018. European Porcelain in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Highlights of the Collection. New York New Haven (Conn.) London: Metropolitan museum of art distributed by Yale university press.